August 26th Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Brahmachari Mayuran attended Kauai’s annual Farm Fair. It’s the biggest event of the year on Kauai, attended by over 30,000 people--on an island with 60,000 population. Here’s a shot of one of our main interests, the fruit table! Always amazing to see what can be grown on Kauai.
This is the vegetable table. Many businesses and organizations have booths at the Fair, so it is a very good place to touch base with a large number of our island friends. We’re expected each year and have in the past given the blessing to open the fair, which rotates among the island’s religious organizations.
Brahmachari Mayuran with a special breadfruit tree we bought from the National Botanical Garden booth. In the background are the rides and games that attract the youngsters.
We stayed only a short time, long enough to touch base with various island residents who are there each year. As we left, hundreds of people were streaming down the road from the parking area to enter the Fair.
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.