After years of planning and execution, the display of artwork depicting Gurudeva’s visions of Siva on this land, which will be raised on San Marga, will soon come into full physical manifestation.
Paramacharya Palaniswami has been working with an artist in India for several years to get these visions painted. Kulapati Deva Rajan has been coming to Kauai from time to time this past year working on the drawings, plans and fabrication of the parts for the displays.
These past three weeks we have seen it all coming together.
Out on San Marga on the Southwest end of the Swayambhu Lingam square, just outside the area of worship Deva has had three large pits dug which will be the super strong foundations for the displays.
Acharya Kumarswami has been working closely with Deva on this project.
Deva has put reinforcing bars into the bottom of the pits and supports for the vertical frames that will hold the artwork are in place on beams that span the pit and perfectly set to the right elevation.
Today the Ganapati Kulam teamed up with Deva and Kulapati Durvasa Alahan to place the frames and get ready for the foundation cement pour which happens in five days.
A team of six was needed to place each frame into it’s temporary supports.
Braces are in place to keep them upright.
The team surveys the work so far as the sun rises over the rudraksha trees.
It has been raining a lot and the ground is a total mud slide, and it’s like walking on ice. We were grateful for the clear sunny weather for this day of set up.
Deva surveys the job, delighted to see so much progress in one day.
Later roofs will be placed over these frames. The structures are engineered with a very heavy concrete base and designed to withstand hurricane gale forces in the future.
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.