An adventurous group of souls for yesterday’s public tour. Two deafening downpours were not enough to send these guests packing. They stuck it out and found he truth of the statement: “If you don’t like the weather on Kauai, wait a few minutes!”
Circumambulating the temple brings a stunning variety of the masterful arts incorporated in Iraivan. As one guest kept saying “overwhelming!”
In addition to the carving demonstration the guests can now walk up on the foundation and actually stand next to a silpi who is working on the temple.
During the time we share some of the major beliefs of Hinduism, guests inevitably ask a variety of questions. In this case the guest is asking: ” Do Hindus worship stone idols? ” Fortunately Gurudeva left no stone unturned in providing answers to stem the proliferation of misunderstandings relating to Hinduism!
The man in the chocolate brown shirt on the right is Koa Kahili, a Cacao farmer and Chocolate maker and the main distributor on the Island of Kauai from the North Shore. He was very interested in connecting with Palaniswami as he wanted to make some suggestions for our Cacao plants.
After viewing the incredible effort to bring this temple up in America some of our guests are inspired to help, to give and become inexorably linked to this masterpiece of the spirit.
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.