Safety Barrier Hand Poured On the Back Road

The important water stream that comes all the way from Wailua Reservoir to San Marga finally reaches Kauai Aadheenam, passing under the road in two places. At this location near the carpentry shop the edge of the road is dangerously close to the stream. We recently had a minor accident where someone backed up and the vehicle tipped sideways into the stream. No one was hurt, but it was a wake-up call. Sadhaka Adinatha built forms and today he and Sadhaka Nilakanthanatha mixed cement and poured the forms.

Media Studio Entry Doors Progress

The entry way to the media studio will be clad with lava rock on both sides, including two doors. One for Arumuganathswami's office and one for the bathroom. The two doors are massive metal frames clad with hardy board so that rock can be glued to them later. Door installation requires precision alignment. In the case these door have heavy duty hinges to carry the weight, that are set into the floor and ceiling and not the door jam like most doors. Arumuganathswami and Kumarnathaswami at work here with two other monks inside the bathroom helping keep it upright.

Floor Installation Blessing

Recently, the Ganapati Kulam held a short blessing for the installation of the Media Studio's new flooring. We are all hoping that everything goes seamlessly, including the seams themselves. Now that this critical project has been blessed, the pieces have been cut to size and as of to tomorrow will be glued into place. Our many thanks to Durvasa for his expert help in this endeavor.

A kindness done in the hour of need may itself be small, but in worth it exceeds the whole world.
Tirukural 102

Readying the Vinyl Flooring

Jai Ganesha!

The long-awaited installation of the Media Studio's vinyl floor is finally becoming a reality, and yes, it is as outrageously colorful as planned. This giant painting, done by painter Suresh Muthukulam, is truly a sight to behold, against the building's unique wall paper and handmade ceiling.

After a great deal of careful work over the last few weeks, the concrete floor has been sealed and perfectly leveled. Yesterday, the 10 foot wide rolls of vinyl were unrolled onto floor to fully acclimate to our humid environment. In the next few days, it will all be cut, fitted and glued into place, thus completing the final major step before the Ganapati Kulam can move in. Though many smaller tasks are still to be done, this is a huge leap toward a new life for our publishing team.

Guruthondu Day at Iraivan Temple

Recently the monastery observed Guruthond Day. It is a unique day every three months, when the whole monastery joins together on a single project determined by Bodhinatha.

This time the focus was on Iraivan Temple. The wooden railing which goes around the temple's foundation has been in need of replacement. The entire monastery formed up into 4 teams, each taking a section. In an amazing whirlwind of forty hands and forty legs and 20 brains all working in concert, in about 6 hours the old railing was dismantled and a new one built in its place.

As a small side project, another group of monks worked to clear the path down to the river, whcih we call "Bali Hai" which had become blocked with debris after some recent clearing in the area. Now monks and pilgrims can once again make their way down to the sacred Wailua for meditation or Ganga sadhana. Aum Namah Sivaya.

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