Monastery Twitter Updates for 2011-01-17

  • Our Hinduism Today team is writing an article about Indian Dance in the West. Uday Shankar dances in the 1920's: #
  • The full moon rises over Kauai in a slight haze this clear, cool night, producing a beautiful, magical glow. #

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Sun Five

It was a beautiful sunny day today as we complete our five day phase. This is a powerful time as the moon is waxing and we approach both Ardra Abhishekam and Thai Pusam puja for Lord Muruga back-to-back on our coming three day retreat.

Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day retreat,
until Tritiya Tithi, Sun One, Friday, January 21st.

Photos of Markanduswami

Sadhaka Satyanatha has been working on a project for several years which has been the digitization of our entire physical photo collection. Most of this is complete, but it will take a long time to go through all the files to see what we have. He found these precious pictures of one of Yogaswami’s chief disciples: Markanduswami.

Here we are in Jaffna, on an innersearch long ago, meeting this completely renounced tapasvin ascetic.

Markanduswami had a special gift and a special sadhana: He only spoke out the words of his Guru, Yogaswami.

Kauai Mission Participates in Martin Luther King Day

The monastery is part of the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai which every year puts on a special event in Kukui Grove shopping center on Martin Luther King day.

For the past two years our members have been serving as the Hindu contingent on the program. Kulapati Vel Alahan took the lead this year in helping with organization and he was the presenter on stage, speaking on the Hindu message of Ahimsa and Martin Luther King’s connection with Gandhi.

This year we had our own table, run by Valli Alahan and Uma Sivanathan. The ladies prepared a paste board which took Gurudeva’s theme “To Stop the War, Stop the War in the Home” and turn it around to say “Peace at Home, Peace in the World.”

They had a box with all kinds of loving images and visitors could pick one they like and paste it on the board. It was a huge hit.

This is Kauai’s beloved African drum band called “The Love Tribe” they are very good.

The day was filled with a number of performances. One was Larry Rivera who sang the Aloha Song that was inspired by Gurudeva who took a well known poem based on the word “Aloha” and asked Larry to turn it into a song years ago.

Our table included Gurudeva’s paper “To Stop the War, Stop the War in the Home.” which he presented to at the Millenium Summit of Religious Leaders, held at the United Nations years ago, along with our Positive Parenting brochure.

Kulapati Vel Alahan with Ron Wiley, the “King of Kong” the main voice of Kauai’s favorite radio station “Kong Radio.”

We will have more photos next phase.

Iraivan, Nandi Mandapam Uttaram Photos

We bring you more photos from the Iraivan project from Bangalore. These are for the Nandi Mandapam. This is part of the “uttaram” (beamstones)

The initial carving was done some time ago. We are now working on the ornamental detail. These are the drawings approved and drawn on the stones first which will be carved later

Close up of the design. There will be also floral designs on the underside which we can see looking up.

Full view of the drawings on one of the uttaram stones.

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