Years ago Gurudeva asked for a formal gate to be carved, a new entrance to the monastery. It was carved in India, and for about two years it stood, completed, at our worksite in Bengaluru. Here Bodhinatha stands under it in India.
Way back in 2001 Palaniswami and Jiva Rajasankar sketched out some ideas and then handed it over to Selvanathan Sthapati, who drew a granite gate in Chola style.
Now it has been shipped to Kauai, and the silpis have begun fitting it (see below).
Here is an early drawing of the archway.
Today, the silpis have assembled the stones on the Iraivan foundation, and fitting the seams more perfectly in preparation for installation in the months ahead.
A close up of the Namaste hands at the top of the gate, with Siva Siva carved in Tamil. It will be a wonderful entrance for future pilgrims.
Well designed and executed! Creates a powerful spiritual entrance – capable of instantly transforming the minds of all pilgrims! Mere reading or uttering of the words Siva Siva in a beautiful island very far from India is a great to gift to the pilgrims – thanks to the Monastery and the silips who carved it.
The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness