Sadhaka Adinatha is doing a bit of renovation in the monastery kitchen. In the process he needed 10 linear feet of crown molding to match the original. That brown piece is a sample from the construction done in 1929, presumably. Acharya Kumarswami volunteered to create the needed pieces.
The wood choice was Ylang-Ylang, an Asian variety of super straight grain. It’s also quite soft, so it makes for easy planing. This lumber is part of a fairly large quantity milled from an 80-foot tall tree that we had to take down 3 years ago, as it was too close to Kadavul Temple, fearing it might cause serious damage if it every fell, such as in a big storm. Two chamfers made with the table saw, and the rebate here with a japanese rebate plane. All set for curves.
Acharya cuts a groove to guide the hollowing plane for the cove. The groove also serves as a depth marker. This is a 50-year-old Japanese plane that he restored along with four others of different sizes to make a set.
Then the groove is broadened out with hollowing planes, starting with a narrow one. This plane is part of a set of 18 hollows and rounds made in England in the 1870s.
Then the convex part, with rounding planes. What fun!
The hollow is complete.
Here a Japanese plane enters to help with the rounding.
Suddenly a host of plane are all getting into the project, even the miniature planes.
The profile is complete, now requiring just a bit of sanding.
Finally we cut the 35 and 55 degree angles on the back of the molding, to match the original. That’s Sadhaka Adinatha there in the background admiring the end product, ready for painting and installation in the kitchen!
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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.