Gurudeva gave many gifts, spiritual and practical, to Kauai island. And his spirit of giving continues in this story from a blog posted recently and printed in a local newspaper. It is a story by Anne E. O'Malley. And it is about six granite signs that dot the island, radiating a message of oneness. Enjoy…
Residents may note that five of six red granite signs placed strategically around the island and carved with messages of aloha are sparkling like new once again. The sixth is soon to be refurbished. The stone signs, imported from India, are a gift given by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, affectionately known as Gurudeva. The founder of the Kaua`i Hindu Monastery, Gurudeva gave the signs to the people of Kaua`i in 2001. According to a blog on the Monastery’s website, they are carved from the same granite used in constructing the new San Marga Iraivan Temple in Wailua. Former Mayor Maryanne Kusaka recalls Gurudeva coming to her office and expressing that it was important that leaders of the island network and from that time, community leaders gathered as they sought to find a vision for the island. They searched for something they believed would describe the beauty and heart of Kaua`i. “At one point, we decided that what we were doing is describing aloha,” says Kusaka. She adds that Gurudeva believed it was a wise choice for a vision because “it says so many more things than words can express.” Drawing upon the vision work, Gurudeva had three of the granite signs inscribed with the message, “Aloha – It’s Kaua`i’s Spirit.” Three more of the stone signs bear the inscription, “Kaua`i — One island, many peoples, all Kauaians.” He unveiled them at an open house on the temple grounds in July, 2001.
Says Kusaka, “I saw Gurudeva’s vision. His vision of this island is oneness and he wanted to keep it fresh in the minds of all Kauaians and visitors. “The way he expressed it encapsulated the definition of aloha. He meant we came from many backgrounds, yet we were all Kauaians, we all lived here in harmony, and that’s the message he wanted to get out.” These six gifts of Gurudeva are located as follows: at the police station in Princeville; at Lydgate Park; in Po`ipu, where there are two — one at Po`ipu Beach Park and the other at the fire station; at Nawiliwili Park; and at the park by Kekaha Neighborhood Center.
Kusaka says Gurudeva challenged her to find locations and workmen to fashion rock encasements so the signs could withstand heavy winds and strong weather. Her friend, Rosie Bukoski, found the laborers — Tongan stone workers. Bukoski donated lava rocks from her backyard in Koloa. A decade later, a friend called to Kusaka’s attention the state of the signs, and Kusaka says, “I noticed they were looking horrible.” Stained by weather, mildew, mold and other elements, they clearly need refurbishing. When Kusaka contacted the temple to discuss it, there was no hesitation. Says Kusaka, “They’ll take care of it as long as it needs to be taken care of. She adds, “I was so touched. I’ve done so many volunteer projects and many times after a project is done, it’s neglected in later years. “In this case, it’s so gratifying to see the Hindu temple say ‘it was something our Gurudeva did that we want to perpetuate in his honor.’ This brought joy to my heart. “It’s a legacy that carries on his gift to Kaua`i that will live on in time.”
Unless kundalini is active, the deepest meditative states are not available to us. But to activate kundalini, Gurudeva tells us we must invoke the grace of Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. "Yoga is internalized worship which leads to union with God." Experience the inside of you in a profound way. This requires dispassion. The popular term "kriya yoga" usual refers to a form of pranayama, but the original kriya yoga is defined by Sage Patanajli as the practice of three of the niyamas: tapas, svadhyaya and Isvarapranidhana. To achieve samadhi we practice yoga, steady restraint of mental activities, austerity, meditation, detachment, self study and worship of God. Communion with the Ishta Devata, the chosen God is a key and also Gurudeva tells us: the Deity chooses you.
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