Iraivan Temple's Latest Developments

Greetings to all from Bodhinatha’s verdant Polynesian ashram.

We are so blessed to have a living satguru with us, a jewel of wisdom and model of detachment for us all to follow. The Kailasa Parampara goes on.

The First Prakaram Handrailing

Yoginathaswami was at the temple site all morning, coordinating the endless details with the Indian craftsmen. They stopped for a moment to pose in front of a finished section of the handrailing. There are some 38 pieces that make up each section, and it takes many days for the team to assemble each section, which goes completely around the temple. Bodhinatha has a special affection for this design, and enjoys examining it daily.

This architectural drawing shows the overview and context. On the last trip to India, the monks were told that this handrailing is quite important in terms of the energy of the temple. Without it, the life-force of the temple would constantly drain away from the sanctum, but that force is contained by the wall. As the floor and these railings are set in place, visitors get a glimpse of the finished spaces, how they will look and feel.

Tour Day May 13, 2009

On this beautiful spring day at Kadavul Temple, about fifty guests came to tour the grounds and learn about Saivite Hinduism. At the Sacred Feet of Lord Siva as Dakshinamurthi, guests learn about Siva's powerful telepathic emanations of the four Vedas, Hinduism's most ancient sacred scripture to the four sages.

Two friends enjoy the shade while resting on a granite bench near the statue of Dakshinamurthi. Jaun lives on the island and this is his first visit to Kauai Aadheenam. He is a waiter at the Princeville Hotel and shared that he often served Gurudeva and the Swami's at the HHE breakfast meetings. His friend Suzanne Bowers from Ashville, North Carolina, visited five years ago.

The group photo.

Our resident silpi, Kanan, demonstrates drawing with a charcoal pencil on the rough stone.

The group intently watches as he rhythmically taps the stone and changes the surface using a variety of chisels and carving techniques.

A guests takes a turn at carving.

Guest love hugging the sacred Rudraksha trees

The silpis are placing the hand rails on the back or North end of the temple.

Batticaloa Orphanage

On the Eastern coast of Sri Lanka there is a ray of light amid all of the difficulties being experienced by the nation. It is the Yogaswami Boy’s Home in Batticaloa. Here the boys perform Guru Puja to Yogaswami in their shrine room.

They are an amazingly productive team, young but so enthused. They are learning Yogaswami’s Natchintanai songs, and they do energetic service in the community.

At the end of the Guru Puja, following Yogaswami’s decree at the KKS Road Sivathondan Nilayam, they remain “summa” silent for a time, discovering the Infinity within.

Offerings made to Yogaswami's paduka, the sacred sandals of the Satguru.

The young ones all participate. You can learn more about the orphanage and its activities at the HHE website: http://www.hheonline.org/orphanage/gurukulam/

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