A Picture Perfect Outing

Over this past retreat, Sannyasin Siddhanathaswami and Natyam Mayuranatha took our two current resident task forcers, Dean and Kodiswara, on an outing to Kaua`i's north shore. Our jaunters visited famed Anini beach and then ventured to Hanalei to enjoy the beauty of its valley. Anini means "dwarfish" or "inhibited growth" in Hawaiian. Hanalei literally means "lei making," and also means "crescent bay," likely an indicator of its shape. The beach is sort of divided into two main parts where people visit, where one is known to have strong currents, commonly accommodating wind surfers there. The other, towards which the monks generally tend to gravitate, is totally placid and serene. The water is shallow for many meters out, and the waters are warm and crystal clear.

Wailua Mission Iraivan Day and Monastery Tour Day

One Sunday each month, various Saiva Siddhanta Church missions around the world gather to help further manifest Iraivan Temple in some practical way. For the Wailua Mission here on Kaua`i, the focus is on rudraksha processing. The proceeds of all rudraksha sales go to building Iraivan Temple. It's a time of togetherness, bonding, sharing of ideas, hopes, and aspirations for the future of the temple and how to most effectively and joyously continue to make Gurudeva's vision a physical reality. But, you can't do that on an empty stomach. Everyone knows that. So, food is also a part of this valuable family time together. The annamaya kosha must be functioning properly in order for the others to, as well. We offer some images of said gathering as well as a few shots from the subsequent weekly aadheenam tour.

Recent Guests

Photos from recent visit of Charlie Baker and his friends from the island. Charlie has taken the monks on great hikes around the island, and into Kalalau Valley. In fact, he has visited the famed valley for some 40 years, including spending his 75th birthday there recently. 

Snehan, a Kauai yoga instructor, took the photos during their visit to the Media Studio and the grounds. Snehan brought a marvelous glass-encased orchid for the monastery. 

Local Kauai Families Visit the Aadheenam

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

Hawaiian Hula

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. 

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