A Mountain Top

Recently the aadheenam has been seeing some interesting weather coming in from the south-west. On some days warm, dry winds and on others, still sunlight and perfect temperatures. Sometimes clouds will actively roll over the top of Mount Waialeale, creating an incredible waterfall effect, a "cloudfall" if you will. No matter how long we live under this sacred mountain, its beauty never ceases to amaze us.

"Happiness and sorrow, honour and dishonour occur one after the other. Don't lose heart when you discover this. At the foot of the mountain you are aware of the high ground and the low ground. When you reach the summit the whole thing is just one beautiful spectacle." Siva Yogaswami

Today’s Guests

This morning, Nilima Silver and Kalyanika Forester visited the aadheenam from the Sri Chinmoy Center in Jamaica-Queens, New York. Nilima has been a disciple of Sri Chinmoy for over forty years. A pillar of their community, she has been the main coordinator of the group's activities at the United Nations. At the UN she is currently a key member of the staff of the President of the General Assembly. They came to visit our Siva temple and express their gratitude and good wishes after two of our swamis visited Aspiration-Ground, their guru's samadhi shrine, in New York last August. See that story here

January 21st Homa

This morning the aadheenam begins a new phase--our lunar calendar's version of a 5-day week. This does vary however, and sometimes the monks observe shorter or longer weeks and weekends which we call "retreats." This will be a five day phase. Gurudeva began the tradition of beginning each phase with a havana, creating a synthesis with the inner worlds as we dive back into our usual routines and seva.

With Bodhinatha on a short trip, Sadasivanathaswami stepped in to burn the prayers to the devas and offer grains to the sacred flames. He gave a lovely talk afterwards, discussing the trends he was seeing in the Hindu world, particularly in India. That of Hindus being proud and inspired to be Hindus. In our own world, we've been seeing many young Hindu couples rediscovering their religion on our little island. Quite the positive trend!

January 2015 News Video

Our January 2015 news video covers events in December 2014, including: progress on carving the Iraivan Temple perimeter wall and the arrival of the avudaiyar, or base, for the Sivalingam, the planting of hardwood trees on our agricultural land, our many recent guests throughout the holiday season, and Arumuganathaswami's and Sadhaka Jayanatha's recent trip to California, including testimony from Hindu students at the State Board of Education's Instructional Quality Commission hearing.

Our New Natyam

Yesterday, on the chitra nakshatra, Sadhaka Mayuranatha was accepted as a Natyam in a short ceremony just before Gurudeva's padapuja. The Natyam is one whom Bodhinatha has qualified as a potential candidate for the dharma of the Saiva sannyasin. He was given a yellow sash and is now in preparation for the eventual trails of the Yogi tapasvin.

The natyam (literally "dancer") works diligently toward the ideals of purity, selflessness and humble service.

"The sadhakas seeking deeper admittance into the monastery and those in yellow could fulfill each duty, were punctual, accurate, refined, serving long hours, performing their tapas and were as spontaneous as a six-year old child in their happiness and response, yet transparent"

Aum Namah Sivaya

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