When Gurudeva established Kauai's Hindu Monastery in 1970, visitors to the Aadheenam were rare. Selecting the most isolated land mass on earth for the training and spiritual unfoldment of His monks, the monastery remained a remote destination for most, surrounded by pineapple fields and agricultural land. At that time on Kauai, development and growth was discouraged by the planning department. They had witnessed first hand wholesale development on Oahu and Maui and the local Kauaiian residents didn't want any part of it. Kauai was known, as it is today, as the Garden Island and Kauaiian's wanted to keep the pristine beauty of the island in tact. Slowly as growing families needed more job opportunities beyond the sugar companies, small shops and a couple of hotels the door was open every so gradually to allow controlled development.
Kauai is still beautiful beyond compare and the vision of the early planners has become the number one attraction on Kauai. Hundreds of square miles of tropical forests, mountains, rivers, streams and canyons. From the air the "human footprint" still looks very small. With more hotels, came more visitors. Visitors who do their shopping on the other islands are looking for something else when they come here, and many find their way to Kauai Aadheenam.
I wonder if the monks ever guessed in those early years that they would be discovered and that coming to Kauai's Hindu Monastery would require a parking reservation, staffed with a guard and guides to enjoy a tour of the monastery grounds and building sites. Yet, this also happened gradually and in a very controlled way. Gurudeva would keep the inner vibration of the monastery in tact, by keeping a very tight schedule of once per week for the guided tour and putting it in writing.
Well we can well imagine that the monks will be somewhat relieved when the entrance to Iraivan is established in the future along the far West acreage of the property and the monastery proper will be back to being cloistered 7 days a week, for now their generosity and openness to visiting guests is remarkable.
So what sublime vibration is it that calls to people from every walk of life and religious background to forgo a day at the beach, a zip line excursion or just sitting by the pool and relaxing with a miatai? - What is it that calls them to venture four miles up the historic Kuamoo Road and try and find the tiny entrance to the monastery? Many are not really sure when they arrive, but by the time they leave they know they have had a rare and special experience.
27 Responses to “Recent Visitors day at Kauai Aadheenam”
Our family visited the temple a few years back. We made a special one day trip to Kauai from the other islands just to see the temple. Even though our children were quite young then, we all remember the visit with great fondness. The beauty of the surroundings appeared to become a part of the beautiful temple being built, adding to the wonder in the devotee’s mind. What a fabulous surrounding to build a temple in!
My husband Garry and I felt blessed many times over just walking through the gates, sitting puja and having a wonderful tour of the new temple. We will be back next January as Garry said the tour was his highlight of our five week stay on beautiful Kauai until his fishing trip for his 65 birthday! So I think it was a tie!
The monks are indeed generous beyond words in opening their sacred sanctuary to the public. It’s a tremendous sacrifice on their part, as a cloistered monastery would normally be off limits to any but the most ardent devotees. A magnanimous gift to all who have the good fortune to visit the Aadheenam.
Jai Natha Sampradaya!
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadesha: "How Is All Karma Finally Resolved If We Make Karma in Each Life?" (October 16, 2014)
Bodhinatha answers an interesting question: if we are making karma in each life, how can we ever possibly resolve all our karmas so that we can attain moksha? Bodhinatha reads Gurudeva's answers to this question and comments on how resolution of karma is accelerated through sadhana. (Transcript to come later.]