Today the monastery hosted a delegation from the Hawaii State Legislature’s House Committee on Finance. They were on Kauai to meet with the community on various state projects. At the right in the yellow and green shirt is Committee Chair Marcus Oshiro. Also in attendance were Rep. Pono Chong, Rep. Isaac Choy, Rep. Ty Cullen, Rep. Sharon Har, Rep Gil Riviere and Rep. Kyle Yamashita of the finance committee and Kauai’s delegation to the State House, Rep. Jimmy Tokioka and Rep. Derek Kawakami.
East Kauai Water Cooperative (EKWUC ) members: Jerry Ornelles, president; Tony Branco, manager; Les Milnes, board member and field manager; Rev. Katir, Coop member
Kauai Economic Development Board: Susan Tai Kaneko
1. Quick history and overview of the East Kauai irrigation system
2. Summary of EKWUC Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) expenditures to date
3. Presentation of 2011-2012 CIP requests
4. Questions for EKWUC
5. KEDB presentation
6. Questions for KEDB
Jerry Ornellas, president of the East Kauai Water Users Cooperative gave a brief presentation on the Coop, in particular the use of funds provided by the legislature for the upgrade of the system (which is owned by the State and run by the Coop). After the meeting, they all went out to Iraivan temple for a tour.
Saiva Siddhanta Church is involved in these proceedings because the water that flows through the San Marga land and Kauai Aadheenam all come from the Wailua Reservoir. The long term viability and sustainablity of Kauai’s irrigation systems are mission critical to the future of farming, the environment and the health and well-being of the whole island. In keeping with Gurudeva’s policy of being good citizens of our island we contribute through active participation as one member of the East Kauai Water Users Cooperative, which is formed by users of water on the irrigation/river system in our area.
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.