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.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.