After a long and festive six-day phase, the monks are heading into their retreat. We'll see you again in a few days. In a proper end to this week's endeavors, we were gifted with this beautiful sunset over our sacred mountain, our sacred river, and our beloved temple.
In the end, the Great Mystery is known as one, as two, as neither one nor two. Most people try to experience God through other people. Disciples see a guru as God. Wives see their husband as God. Devotees see the Deity in the temple as God. But all the time, behind the eyes of their seeing, is God. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Aum Namah Sivaya
Our December 2016 news video covers events from November, 2016, including a visit from Sri Sri Jayendrapuri Mahaswamiji; our yearly Skanda Shasthi celebrations, along with a concurring vow taken by a new Supplicant of the monastery; the final edition to our Saiva Satgurus Path around the sacred garden of Kauai's Hindu Monastery. Aum Namah Sivaya
Andre will be with us for one month. The This is his fifth visit. His wife Elisangela, aka "Lily" will be arriving on the 25th to join him for 9 days.
Andre's current mission has been to create a new panchangam app that users can use on the web and on their smart phones, which can be integrated into our new Siva Siva app and also access directly on the web. Stay tuned for more as the new tool unfolds.
Today marks the beginning of the Moksha Ritau. Following the morning meditation, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami led the monks and local members out to the flagpole to raise the coral-pink flag of this new season. The group paraded through the bright cool morning. No clouds or obstructions to be seen in the glorious new sky.
From The Saiva Dharma Shastras:
Beginning with Hindu New Year in mid-April, three seasons of the year divide our activities into three great needs of humankind--the learning of scripture in the first season, Nartana Ritau; the living of culture in the second season, Jivana Ritau; and the meditating on Siva in the third season, Moksha Ritau. Thus we are constantly reminded that our life is Siva's life and our path to Him is through study, sadhana and realization. In ritau one, we teach the philosophy; in ritau two, we teach the culture; and in ritau three, we teach meditation.
The third period of the year, Moksha Ritau, the cool season, is from mid-December to mid-April. It is the season of dissolution. The key word is resolution. Merging with Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Metaphysics is the focus of study and intense investigation. The colors of this season are coral-pink, silver and all shades of blue and purple--coral for the Self within, silver and blue for illumination, and purple for enlightened wisdom. High above flies the coral flag, signaling Parashiva, Absolute Reality, beyond time, form and space. Moksha Ritau is a time of appreciation, of gratitude for all that life has given, and a time of honoring elders, those in the sannyasa stage of life. Moksha Ritau is excellent for philosophical discussions, voicing one's understanding of the path through an enlightened intellect. In finance, it is the time for yearly accounting and reconciliation. On a mundane level it is a time of clearing attics, basements, garages, sheds, warehouses, workshops and desks, getting rid of unneeded things, of pruning trees, of streamlining life on the physical plane--of reengineering.
Aum Namah Sivaya
Happy birthday to Archana Pillay and we thank the Pillays for sponsoring a lunch for the monks. Sannyasin Yoginathaswami, Nirvinis Adinatha and Tejadevanatha and Natyam Dayanatha spent a whole morning in the kitchen, or outside in this case, making a wonderful Chinese lunch. Satguru even stopped by for a visit!
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