This morning Holly Young came to visit with Paramacharya Palaniswami and the Ganapati Kulam. She is working on a very special sculpture of Gurudeva, Ganapati Sthapati and the silpis. It will be an incredible, life-sized bronze piece commemorating the builders of Iraivan.
It is called “The Silpi Memorial Statue” … more about this not-so-top-secret project in the years ahead.
Those who have been here may have seen the bronze statue of Iraivan that Holly did that is scheduled to be placed in the hand of Hanuman. Currently it sits in the Minimela visitor center. Today she took many pictures of Yoginathaswami who stood for nearly 30 minutes in the posture that Gurudeva will have in the sculpture. She wanted to capture the exact look and feel of our monastic robes, which will comprise 90% of the figure.
Holly had a small testimony about the power of our web site and the reach of Gurudeva and Kauai’s Hindu Monastery.
Holly, who works on the Big Island (Hawaii), is a well-known artist. Her pieces may take as many as 27 people who do various parts of the process in finishing her sculptures. She does the modeling in Hawaii, the pieces are cast in Colorado and welded in Texas. Of all the artisans she says her welder Bobby, in Texas, has the most impact on the piece in terms of its artist creation. Holly had told Bobby (who had done the welding on the Iraivan temple piece) about the monastery. Later Bobby got curious, found our web site and started reading TAKA daily.
Holly was surprised and delighted on her next trip to Texas to see Gurudeva’s picture in Bobby’s shop. He told her he found in the teachings things he had believed all his life on his own and he has become a regular reader of the daily Master Course lessons.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Thursday, January 13th.
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.