Kauai Aadheenam follows the lunar calander, thus today marks the auspicious day to begin our week of worship, seva, sadhana. Satguru's talk focused on self-control and studying the moral and ethical teachings of Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural. To master self-control while ardently focused on family and work is indeed the goal of grihasta dharma.
As we go through the slideshow, enjoy and reflect these passages from the Ashtavakra Gita. Sage Ashtavakra is speaking to Janaka, the king of their land at the time, and explaining who and what is really in this body and behind every appearance.
Kauai's Hindu Monastery brings you news from February, 2017, including: Two monks don the yellow robes of tapas and take their next step in monastic life-that of the Yogi Tapasvin; Mahasivaratri and Thai Pusam are both celebrated in February. Mahasivaratri, Siva's Great Night, joined by off island guests and local Sivabhaktars. The monks guided the holy night with homa, meditation, talks, Rudram chanting, abhishekam and archana. The 2018 Innersearch to Sri Lanka was announced and the application is now online for signups.
Aum Namah Sivaya
As many of us know, our monks hold a 24/7/365 vigil in Kadavul Temple. During a monk's three hour stay in the temple he performs the Agamically prescribed puja (12am, 3 am, 6am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm or 6pm) for that vigil and performs japa, meditation, reads scripture, cleans, etc. Seeing as how one of our TAKAgraphers is currently on the midnight to 3am vigil, we thought we'd give you a look into Kadavul Temple during rarely seen hours of the night.
Sutra 316 of the Nandinatha Sutras
Monastic Life's Fourfold Purpose
Siva's monastics lead a joyous, contented, steadfast, humble life. Their purpose is contemplation upon and love of Siva, to maintain Siva consciousness, realize the Self and uplift others while serving their satguru. Aum.
Today is Ashram Sadhana Day for the monks. It's the one day a month when they forgo their other duties and give all their time to cleaning. Today's initial focus was on Iraivan Temple. Lately the temple has been receiving a steady amount of red-dirt dust blowing in from the surrounding landscaping work, so the monks brought in a lot of water to scrub and wash away much of the build-up. When the land is fully planted and the temple is in active use, this won't be as much of an issue. Also today the monks cleaned their offices, the kitchen, workshop areas and more.
Here is a good quote from Gurudeva's Living With Siva that describes the importance of a clean environment:
Lesson 30: Cleaning the house is an act of purifying one’s immediate environment. Each piece of furniture, as well as the doorways and the walls, catches and holds the emanations of the human aura of each individual in the home, as well as each of its visitors. This residue must be wiped away through dusting and cleaning. This regular attentiveness keeps each room sparkling clean and actinic. Unless this is done, the rooms of the home become overpowering to the consciousness of the individuals who live within them as their auras pick up the old accumulated feelings of days gone by. Small wonder that a dirty room can depress you, and one freshly cleaned can invigorate. In these years, when both mother and father work in the outside world, the house is often simply where they sleep and eat. But if a home receives all of the daily attentions of cleaning it sparkly bright, both astrally and physically, it becomes a welcoming place and not an empty shell.
[Words from the lexicons of all our books]
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