Yesterday, Satguru Bodhinatha was invited as a Guest to the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay. Rotary International is a service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Bodhinatha gave a light-hearted, 25 minute talk and spoke about the various ways the monastery gives to the local community, most of which are unknown to many Kauai residents. Bodhinatha also discussed the progress of Iraivan Temple and our agricultural land, Himalayan Acres. The group had very good questions about Hinduism and the charitable works of the Monastery.
Today, Arumuganathaswami and Natyam Rajanatha made a short trip to visit the site of the Island's new biomass plant which is under construction outside of Lihue. The plant is the work of Green Energy Team, a company that has cultivated several parcels of land next to the monastery's own Himalayan Acres where we are growing hardwood and specimen trees. Green Energy is growing fields of eucalyptus trees which are meant to fuel the plant. Green Energy stated: "When finished in 2014, it will supply 11 percent of the island's annual energy needs. The plant will have a capacity of 6.7 megawatts and be fueled by biomass from several sources, including short-rotation trees grown on about 2,000 acres and the use of cleared invasive tree species."
Over the last retreat, several of the monks journeyed to the south side of the Kauai for a beautiful hike along the Mahalepu cliffs. The cliffs are made of countless layers of compacted sand and lava rock. They are slowly being eroded by the powerful ocean waves, creating unique and stunning formations along the cliffside. This part of the coast is also incredibly windy, with constant gusts that make it hard to hear anything else apart from the clapping of the salty waves.
"From the top of the mountain looking down, you see the natural role of a raging ocean and the steep cliffs below--they are beautiful. From the bottom of the mountain, the ocean can appear ominous and the cliffs treacherous. The fact remains that deep inside you is perfection. So, you see, you have a choice. You can remain in the valley, live in fear of the stormy ocean of life and death, or you can scale the nearby mountain and see from the top how it is from that perspective. Either way, you and everyone in the world are all right in the now." Gurudeva
Yesterday's sunrise over Kauai Aadheenam was spectacular, with a bright and blazing, orange sky. A perfect moment to give our love and thanks to this great sustainer of light and life on our little planet.
As the sun, the eye of the whole world, is not sullied by the external faults of the eyes, so the one inner soul of all things is not sullied by the sorrow in the world, being external to it.
Over the retreat, several of the monks spent some time by the ocean in Kapaa. They witnessed a beautiful sunrise and took a walk along the new East Side bike path, making their way from Kapaa town toward Kealia beach. Along the way they encountered the bluff where Gurudeva watched whales and wrote Dancing with Siva from his Winnebago Rialta field office.
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