It is Tour Day today and Bodhinatha meets guests at our Minimela.
Rogini and Jean-Marie are heading back to Montreal today and they couldn’t resist an opportunity to say aloha to Bodhinatha in the Mini Mela during His book signing session.
As the tour group heads out to Iraivan, Shama freshens the Andara Crystal each morning as one of her many seva duties. This crystal was gifted to Bodhinatha from an elderly Native American Indian lady who brought many such gifts to the monastery over the years.
Among the “show stoppers” on the tour is the Blue Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys). It is a spectacular vine that climbs up over seventy feet into the canopy above. Blue is such a rare color for flowers and they rain down on the path creating a very mystical effect.
Home schooled in Poipu, this is Jader Hamid age 11. He is with his grandmother Diana and his father Haben. He was very attentive with an unusual maturity.
Amanda Bradley, a professional tour guide from the Hearst Castle in San Simeon California, was attending a symposium on ecological advances when a picture of Iraivan Temple came across the screen. Amanda had already traveled to Tibet to gather sacred leaves and She was soon on a airplane to experience Iraivan personally. “What a wonderful Place”! She kept repeating.
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.