August 2014 News Video

Our August 2014 news video covers events in July 2014, including: our 2014 Innersearch travel-study program, held on the island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean; and the initiation of our newest monastic, Sadhaka Dayanatha.

Weathering Weather’s Beauty

In light of the two hurricanes headed towards our lovely chain of islands, we'd like to share this photo collection of some of the world's most beautiful weather systems.

It's likely that by the time the Hurricanes reach Kauai, they will have degraded to simple "tropical storms" with high winds and heavy rains. The monks at the monastery are doing some basic preparation, such as covering our more vulnerable windows with plywood, removing tarps from quick-tents, which would likely tear in the heavy downpours, and sharpening chainsaws to deal with downed branches. The monks have picked extra vegetables from the garden, to both relieve the plants of weight before getting battered by wind and to also insure that the monks have an extra stockpile of food.

August Chitra Puja

Last night, the monastery celebrated the chitra nakshatra with our monthly padapuja to Gurudeva's granite tiruvadi in Kadavul temple. Natyam Rajanatha and Sadhaka Jayanatha performed the abhishekam for Bodhinatha, the monks and members to observe in silent contemplation. Gurudeva's loving energy permeated the temple and the hearts and minds of those present. Jai Gurudeva! Aum Namah Sivaya!

The following poem is from an Indian devotee who watches TAKA and loves the pada puja slideshows.

We gather at his feet
like the many different flowers
each one unique
each one true
so many colors, so many forms
some in full bloom
another just a bud
when will it unfold?

each has lived
for just that moment
instant and eternal
when all is surrendered
all is done
all is offered in gratitude

short or long, a mere illusion
a life fully lived
is all that has happened
each trial experienced
each lesson learned
each smile treasured
each word measured

we gather at his feet
we meet
in that hallowed space
filled with his grace
and then we return
to live, to serve
to claim his legacy
do we truly deserve!

Infinite love and eternal gratitude

Aum Namah Sivaya!

A New Photo of Our Saiva Swamis

Today we took this new portrait photo of Kauai Aadheenam's sannyasins of the Saiva Siddhanta Yoga Order.

Center: Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. From left to right: Acharya Arumuganathaswami, Kaivalyanathaswami, Brahmanathaswami, Acharya Kumarnathaswami, Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami, Yoginathaswami, Saravananathaswami, Paramacharya Sivanathaswami, Siddhanathaswami, Muruganathaswami, Shanmuganathaswami and Senthilnathaswami.

From Holy Orders of Sannyas: First, the Saiva Siddhanta Yoga Order is a sangam, a spiritual community or brotherhood of Saiva swamis assembled together to continue the work of the Siva Yogaswami Guru Parampara and to live and teach Saiva dharma and Saivite culture. It is, then, an order of vagmis, or contemplative teachers, and not of munis, or solitary ascetics and wandering sadhus. Its members dedicate themselves to the mutual objectives of the whole Order, forgoing, especially in their younger years, any personal or individual interests or activities which might detract from the effort of the entire sangam of renunciates.

“All that I have and all that I am I now give unto my God, my Gods and my guru. I have no family except the Divine Father Siva and Mother Sakti who dwell in Kailas and on Earth the sangam of Saivite devotees. I have no home except the stillness of Being. I have no possessions except my faith and dedication. I have no desires except my desire to serve and to realize God. I, wishing for mukti, take refuge in this sacred Order and in God Siva, who created the world, who breathed out the Vedas. The purpose of my life is to cultivate dispassion, to become pure, to attain union with God Siva and be immersed in Divine Love. I do fully and of my own volition accept these Holy Orders of Sannyas, now and for the remainder of my life, and bind myself in the fulfillment thereof to the ancient Order of sannyas, to my satguru, to my Saivite Hindu faith and to the devas, the Mahadevas and Lord Siva Himself. I am the Atman, the non-dual Parasiva, pure and free.”
Aum Namah Sivaya.

Click the "popout image" button in the bottom-right of the frame for a larger version, available for download.

Iraivan Landscaping Work

Pradeep Chand and Ryan are working this morning around Iraivan. Ryan is moving large stacks of lumber so we can begin moving soil to the Southwest side of the temple, and Pradeep is using the excavator to clear Rishi Valley. More on their work in the days and weeks ahead, as dry weather has finally allowed this work to proceed.

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