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

Wishing Vel a Nice Journey Home

Tomorrow, Brahmachari Vel leaves Kauai to return home to Mauritius. He's been here for about three months and we are very thankful for all the seva he has done during his stay. His humble service to the monastery and to his guru has been a great example.

"What is Saivism? We are devotees of Lord Siva and we are doing Sivathondu - that is Saivism." Siva Yogaswami

In Green Pastures

Recently, several monks moved our three holstein cows from our nearby pasture to our retirement pasture across the river. There they have a many acres of grassland and join several retired cows already there. Now the only cows in the main Aadheenam pastures are our three Jersey Cows, who are all small, very calm and, when milking, produce rich and healthy milk. Yesterday one of the monks went out to the pasture and took some photos of these happy bovine.

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