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.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.