The monastery is part of the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai which every year puts on a special event in Kukui Grove shopping center on Martin Luther King day.
For the past two years our members have been serving as the Hindu contingent on the program. Kulapati Vel Alahan took the lead this year in helping with organization and he was the presenter on stage, speaking on the Hindu message of Ahimsa and Martin Luther King’s connection with Gandhi.
This year we had our own table, run by Valli Alahan and Uma Sivanathan. The ladies prepared a paste board which took Gurudeva’s theme “To Stop the War, Stop the War in the Home” and turn it around to say “Peace at Home, Peace in the World.”
They had a box with all kinds of loving images and visitors could pick one they like and paste it on the board. It was a huge hit.
This is Kauai’s beloved African drum band called “The Love Tribe” they are very good.
The day was filled with a number of performances. One was Larry Rivera who sang the Aloha Song that was inspired by Gurudeva who took a well known poem based on the word “Aloha” and asked Larry to turn it into a song years ago.
Our table included Gurudeva’s paper “To Stop the War, Stop the War in the Home.” which he presented to at the Millenium Summit of Religious Leaders, held at the United Nations years ago, along with our Positive Parenting brochure.
Kulapati Vel Alahan with Ron Wiley, the “King of Kong” the main voice of Kauai’s favorite radio station “Kong Radio.”
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.