Innersearch Day Seven

Day Seven comprised to main events. In the morning everyone participated in an abhishekam for the Narmada lingam. Ravi, Sheela and Aarti Rahavendran offer milk.

Puvaneswary from the Netherlands and Parimala from Malaysia are doing honey.

Kulamata Selvon Mardemootoo from Mauritius, chandanam.

Gunamaya and her brother Alejandro from Mexico offer water as did everyone else. Gunamaya has completed her conversion to Hinduism and taken the name “Gunamaya Sivananda.” Alejandro is also very serious about becoming a Hindu and following Gurudeva’s teachings and marrying a devotee of Gurudeva.

Sudha and Thivaashenee from Singapore

Gaurav, Ripla and little Aran Malhotra,
from Chicago. Such a magical satsang of devotees from across the whole world.

Our monks followed

Sadhaka Satyanatha does the final arati. Shankar Mallampalli, Mrunal and Padmaja Patel also chanted Sri Rudram throughout. It was a powerful experience for all and Siva’s presence was indeed invoked there on the path of the Saiva Saints.

Then off we drove all the way to Ele`le to take an ocean excursion on a catamaran.

We took a few of our monks who were not on the innersearch staff along with us. Sadhaka Nilakantha with Ashish Chitnis with the incredibly view of the Napali coast in the background.

Sadhaka Nandinatha and Paramacharya Palaniswami. The views on this excursion are awesome and inspiring as the boat stays out for sunset.

Father Dasan Mahadevan and his daughter Chudika. Innersearch is also about super quality family time together!

Innersearch Diary – Day Eight

Our intrepid Innersearch journalists give us their report on June 19, 2010:

Our day began at the Rudraksha Forest, where we were given instructions on how to perform Rudraksha Forest Sadhana by Sannyasin Sivakatirswami, who also reminded us of Gurudeva’s powerful message that “The superconscious is real only if used.” He also explained Gurudeva’s vision of Lord Siva in 1975, which has now manifested into Iraivan Temple.

Everyone walked silently on San Marga, the straight path to God. Throughout the silent journey, we were blessed by Ganesha darshan, we climbed Muruga Hill and finally we reached the Svayambhu Lingam. Bhajans in praise of Lord Siva were followed by a Svayambhu Lingam puja and meditation with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and the monks.

After this we had an outdoor class with Paramacharya Palaniswami, sitting next to the giant granite Dakshinamurti (Silent Guru) under the banyan tree just across from Iraivan Temple. He shared with us his wonderful insight into using superconscious experiences as they come, harnessing life around the experience and perpetuating the experience. When you stumble on your sadhana, be forgiving to yourself, else it may become a negative affirmation.

He also answered some of the questions that Innersearchers had submitted earlier. In response to a question on how to find more time for spiritual practices in a busy lifestyle, Paramacharya said, “It is not important how much time you spend, but how much intensity you have in your efforts that matters.”

We visited the Kilohana Plantation, which used to be one of the several sugar plantations on Kauai, having lunch at Gaylord’s, who had been our caterers throughout our stay in Koke’e State Park, and had done a fantastic job of serving us several meals at the monastery. After lunch, we took a train tour of the plantation, which showed us the various fruit orchards as well as the animals around the plantation. We arrived back at the temple and had an afternoon class with Bodhinatha. He spoke on the Iraivan “New Self Image” Sadhana, the Power of Affirmation and Hindu Tools for Success. He shared with us that Iraivan is a moksha temple, meaning that being in the presence of its sanctum sanctorum brings the pilgrim closer to freedom from rebirth on this planet. Satguru also advised us on four spiritual practices which would help us in the process of attaining moksha: good conduct, service, devotion and meditation.

After this powerful message, we paraded to Iraivan temple with Satguru and the monks for a very profound experience of a homa inside Iraivan Temple. The energy and vibrations in the temple, with the agni fire, the presence of Satguru and the monks chanting Sri Rudram, were extremely uplifting. Everyone was given the chance to offer grains into the homa with Satguru.

At night, we had a semi-formal dinner at the Kauai Beach Resort on the pool deck with great entertainment by local musicians. We also celebrated Shamala Raman’s 23rd birthday at dinner, and she was gifted a shawl by Satguru.

Iraivan Addition Progress in India

Work on the Nandi for Iraivan has begun. Here is a cement model done without ornamentation. It is done i order to ensure we have the right proportions of the Nandi before silpis begin working on stone.

Peedams for Iraivan’s Pancha Brahman Koshta murthis are finished. The murtis are in the polishing stage now. You can see on the background the murtis are yet to be polished when these images were taken.

Yalli drawings and models in progress also. These will be the sides of the stairway from ground level up to the Nandi Mandapam.

Last Phase Tour

Last week, while the innersearch was up in Kokee, we had a smaller intimate group for our weekly tour. We were all drenched but happy!

With this tour was a remarkable little girl named Tara. Her questions and presence was beyond her years. We couldn’t help feeling a strong connection to her and her father. She loved every inch of Kauai Aadheenam told us she can’t wait to grow up so she can move to Kauai!

Her father told us that some time ago Tara told him that her real father is Shiva. He told us that he was in Sri Lanka at the same time we were on innersearch in India and Sri Lanka with Gurudeva in December1980/1981.

Today the gates opened again to our Public Tour guests. With the Summer holidays upon us we are expecting many “little people”.

A guest told us today that she felt she was in “Pandora” (the land of Avatar) “but this is real!” Here is a cluster of the King of Siam.

A double Anthurium!

Sun Two

Innersearch activity has subsided and the Aadheenam is back into it’s normal routine. Bodhinatha continue working daily on development more teachings.

 

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