Yesterday was Public Tour Day for this phase, the first one after Sadhu Paksha and it was packed.
Bodhinatha’s relentless service is such an example. After the tour he patiently answers many questions for our guests.
A glorious site awaits those who secure a reservation for the public tour.
Many bright souls came to see and hear about the amazing monks of Kauai Aadheenam. We caught 63 in this photo but many more came and went during the morning.
We had a wonderful conversation with Dr. Larry Magnussen M.D. When he was young and just out of Medical School he volunteered to serve overseas in India at a Hospital for Leprosy. He ended up staying for five years working with many Hindu Doctors. He made life long friends and continues his service in India now that he is retired. He worked in Hawaii as a doctor for Queens Medical Hospital for many years.
One of our near neighbors, Faith Spina, on the right, who lives high on the mountain behind us and can see our Ritau Flag Flying from her balcony. “I just had to come, I knew this was a special place. It is truly overwhelming! Her friend is Giovama Gomez, with her little son Liam.
Sheetal and Hansalia originally from Kochi, Kerala in India, now living in San Jose are here with their two sons. Their home village is tropical very similar to Kauai. His father started a huge business beginning with one simple pepper tree and is now one of the largest pepper exporters to the United States. He kept looking for Pepper trees all through the tour!
In the minimela Shakti Mahadevan is assisting Isani Alahan behind the counter.
Sales of Rudraksha beads are never failing. Picked, cleaned and made into jewelry or single beads by the Wailua Mission members, the proceeds from purchase go back to Iraivan. The Wailua Mission Rudraksha fund raising initiative has turned out to be one of the top donors to Iraivan!
Jai Ganesa! happy new year to all. How blessed we are to have our Satguru to guide us in this life. He is such a loving Guru and pillar of strength and fine example to us. Hello Kulamata Isaniji and devotees.You all work very hard but one would never know by looking at your radiant faces.Aum Shanti to all.
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.