Today’s tour group enjoyed the grounds and listened intently as they learned about Gurudeva’s mission, Kauia Aadheenam, the monks that live in paradise and the basics of Hinduism.
The beautiful jade plants are in full bloom.
Approximately 80 visitors came despite the rain to see the marvel of Iriavan Temple.
Paramacharya Palaniswami gave a private tour to the visiting writer for a gardening magazine from MN while many other guests listened in.
Shilpi Kanan demonstrates the intricacies of stone carving using a variety of chisels.
A young couple, Barath and Priyanka, originally from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, and now residing in Austin Texas enjoyed the tour recommended by their colleges who had visited recently. They have been married for two years and are enjoying a second honeymoon on the Garden Island.
Kulamata Savitri Palani is visiting Kauai with her husband, Kulapati Satya. She has been working on a karma yoga project and helped with sales today with the tour day shopping rush.
Shanmuganathaswami greeted this group of healers from Germany who enjoying Kauai’s healing energy. They came specifically to see the Spatika Lingam, the form of Siva as the large three foot, seven hundred pound single pointed crystal which will eventually be placed in the inner sanctum of Iraivan Temple.
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.