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.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.