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.”
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.