Recently, a group of local families (some neighbors of the monastery) visited, and were given a wonderful tour by Durvasa and Isani Alahan. The families have made a habit of going on short trips around the island together to see special places. While here they got to explore the sacred gardens, visit Iraivan Temple and feed our koi fish. Om Namah Sivaya
A small hula halau came to dance near the Wailua River, especially to chant the famed and historic Pihanakalani Hawaiian chant. They were so grateful to be on the sacred land, to chant and drum and dance with the forest as their witness. They brought a traditional gift for the monastery, wrapped in ti leaves as in days of yore.
Last night the monastery had more than four inches of rain again! Wai in Hawaiian means water, and waiwai means wealth. It's true, all life and abundance comes from water.
Doing a damage-control tour just now (none), the monks captured this vista in Rishi Valley, from which you can see four of the 20 waterfalls! And the cocoa colored run-off waters from the deluge.
"No life on Earth can exist without water, and water's ceaseless flow cannot exist without rain." Kural 20
Each year Kauai holds its local farm fair, and each year the monastery participates in its own small way. This year the monks were asked to give the opening blessing for the 3 day event. Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Sannyasin Yoginathaswami attended. Following a short blessing, which included chanting and reading of quotes from the Tirukkural about farming, the monks presented Roy Oyama and his family with shawls. Roy was being honored at this year's fair for his vast contributions to Kauai's farming community. We also had our Wailua River Noni Juice on display at the Kauai Grown booth which only carries locally produced products.
Wherever it may wander, the world follows the farmer’s plow. Thus despite all its hardships, farming is the foremost occupation.
Farmers are the linchpin of the world, for they support all who take up other work, not having the strength to plow.
Those who live by the plow live in self-sufficiency. All others lean on them to simply subsist.
Those whose fields lie shaded by abundant sheaves of grain will see many nations overshadowed by their own.
Those who eat food harvested with their own hands will never beg and never refuse a beggar’s outstretched palm.
When plowers of the fields stand idly with folded arms, even desireless ascetics will not last long.
Today 18 elders visited the Aadheenam from the Kalaheo Senior center. Some of them have visited before with the center and looked forward to seeing the progress. Others had visited back in the days of the "Tropical Inn" before Gurudeva purchased the property. While under the large banyan tree one of Japanese decent reminisced of the days when there were many such giant trees on the island. They could swing out into the ocean on a rope tied to the branches and swim back to shore. However, during WWII, the large trees were cut down to protect the shores from potential hiding places for enemy troops along the costal shores.
It is always enriching to share the beauty of the temple with our island residents.
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