Today Earth Day was celebrated at Lydgate Park. The Friends of Kamalani (with Yellow shirts) worked all morning cleaning the beaches of Lydgate, create giant burn piles of wood that recently washed in from sea during a huge storm.
At noon after lunch they joined Sivakatirswami and Sadhaka Rajanatha and Jasmine Schaeffer, Chairperson for the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai to hold a dedication of the recently installed Peace Pole.
The monks opened with a chant. Kulapati Vel Alahan and Kulapati Deva Seyon were with us.
Jasmine Schaeffer explained the purpose of the Interfaith Round Table of Kauai and its work on Kauai, one of which was to arrange to install these peace poles
Prominent community member John Lydgate whose ancestors were responsible for the establishment of this beautiful park gave a short touching speech saying that the genius of India was its ability to harmonize and synthesize so many spiritual paths and this peace pole was an expression of that synthesis.
Sivakatirswami explained how he felt he should use a tree from Kauai and how he crafted the pole. It then took a year of patient waiting and the help Thomas Noyes and Annaleah Atkinson, who handled the communications with the county departments for approvals to install it on public property.
He then explained that the importance of the peace pole was not those who installed it by the message it carried
“May Peace Prevail on Earth” and he told the story of the modern day Japanese sage who inspired this Universal Message and Prayer: “May Peace Prevail on Earth”
Today, there are over 200,000 peace poles planted all over the world.
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.