On Friday, Acharya Arumugaswami and Yoginathaswami went to the Kauai County Farm Fair. The annual fair is the biggest event of the year for the island, with some 40,000 attendees (out of an island population of 60,000). Here Yoginathaswami meets Tsajon, a jewelry dealer on Kauai.
We meet Bill Cowern, Kauai’s largest tree farmer.
And Les Milnes, our neighbor
Jothi Sendan and his mother, Valli run a booth for Jothi’s tropical flower business.
Some of the exotic flowers Jothi is selling. There are dozens of others merchants at the fair selling everything from flowers and orchids to solar panels.
Yoginathaswami admires Roy Oyama’s first-place cabbage.
Fruits and vegetables give a sense of Kauai’s bountiful potential.
Blue ribbon to locally grown asparagus.
The bonzai exhibit is always a special feature of the fair as Kauai has a number of outstanding bonzai growers, famous even in Japan. This is a miniature suriname cherry tree, with fruit.
An extraordinary lei made of cloth ribbon.
A banyan bonsai. The word just means “tray planting.”
And one of the top trees of the fair.
The fair is a favorite of politicians, coming as it does just before elections. Here our monks are with Kauai’s mayor, Bernard Carvalho (left) and Honolulu’s ex-mayor, Mufi Hannemann, who is running for governor of Hawaii.
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.