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.
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.