Recent Visitors day at Kauai Aadheenam

When Gurudeva established Kauai's Hindu Monastery in 1970, visitors to the Aadheenam were rare. Selecting the most isolated land mass on earth for the training and spiritual unfoldment of His monks, the monastery remained a remote destination for most, surrounded by pineapple fields and agricultural land. At that time on Kauai, development and growth was discouraged by the planning department. They had witnessed first hand wholesale development on Oahu and Maui and the local Kauaiian residents didn't want any part of it. Kauai was known, as it is today, as the Garden Island and Kauaiian's wanted to keep the pristine beauty of the island in tact. Slowly as growing families needed more job opportunities beyond the sugar companies, small shops and a couple of hotels the door was open every so gradually to allow controlled development.

Kauai is still beautiful beyond compare and the vision of the early planners has become the number one attraction on Kauai. Hundreds of square miles of tropical forests, mountains, rivers, streams and canyons. From the air the "human footprint" still looks very small. With more hotels, came more visitors. Visitors who do their shopping on the other islands are looking for something else when they come here, and many find their way to Kauai Aadheenam.

I wonder if the monks ever guessed in those early years that they would be discovered and that coming to Kauai's Hindu Monastery would require a parking reservation, staffed with a guard and guides to enjoy a tour of the monastery grounds and building sites.  Yet, this also happened gradually and in a very controlled way. Gurudeva would keep the inner vibration of the monastery in tact, by keeping a very tight schedule of once per week for the guided tour and putting it in writing.

Well we can well imagine that the monks will be somewhat relieved when the entrance to Iraivan is established in the future along the far West acreage of the property and the monastery proper will be back to being cloistered 7 days a week, for now their generosity and openness to visiting guests is remarkable.

So what sublime vibration is it that calls to people from every walk of life and religious background to forgo a day at the beach, a zip line excursion or just sitting by the pool and relaxing with a miatai? - What is it that calls them to venture four miles up the historic Kuamoo Road and try and find the tiny entrance to the monastery?  Many are not really sure when they arrive, but by the time they leave they know they have had a rare and special experience.

Recent Visitors

Vijay and Anjali Dhar, and Arun and Bharti Koul, Kashmiri Saivites visiting from southern California, have been here a couple times before and support Iraivan Temple construction, but this is the first time they are here when Satguru Bodhinatha isn't away on a trip, so they finally got the chance for a darshan meeting.

Recent Guests

Satish and Usha Krishnamurthi with daughter Akhila and Usha's parents visited today. They are from Syracuse, New York and organize a satsang with their friends when Satguru Bodhinatha visits the east coast. It is Satish and Usha's 25th wedding anniversary.

An Invitation to the 2014 Mauritius Innersearch

There are still seats available for our 2014 Innersearch travel-study program. This year we will be flying to the island nation of Mauritius.

This is your opportunity to travel with a satguru and his monks on their periodic journeys, engaging in a personalized instruction based on The Master Course. Twenty-two Innersearch travel-study programs have been held since 1967, taking hundreds of seekers to India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tahiti, Hawaii, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, Russia, Switzerland, the Caribbean, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and dozens of other regions. You can be sure that Innersearch is not your typical excursion but a travel experience that combines the mystical path of Indian spirituality with a superlative retreat from your day-to-day routine.

Each voyage is a pilgrimage to the divine and spectacular inside of you. The all-pervading beauty, color and grandeur of the outer voyage is but a reflection of the bliss and richness of the inner voyage as we delve the within together. A typical day includes morning classes exploring the esoterics of meditation and discussing how to live a spiritually dynamic life in a modern world. There are hatha yoga and meditation classes, question-and-answer sessions, instruction in Shum, Gurudeva's language of meditation, and lots of time for informal sharing with Bodhinatha and the swamis. Some of the most enriching moments are when we meet with Hindu communities, often joining in grand celebrations as they welcome us to the temples they have erected around the world. This year's Innersearch Travel-Study Program will be extra special, as it will be the first program held on the lovely island/nation of Mauritius and promises to be one of our sweetest journeys. Less grueling travel than previous programs, more upanishadic time with Bodhinatha and the swamis at our very own Spiritual Park which sits majestically at the confluence of a river and the ocean.

During our days on the enchanting island of Mauritius, much of our time will be spent at the Spiritual Park, having outdoor classes, exploring the park's paths, trees and river, meditating and enjoying the divine presence of the Deities. Once a month a large homa for Lord Panchamukha Ganapati is held at the park, drawing thousands of bhaktars from all over the island to receive His blessings. We will have the opportunity to join in the monthly homa at the Spiritual Park on July 6. Be prepared to be amazed at how Gurudeva's little spiritual garden has become the venue for the largest monthly Hindu gathering in the country.

Click here to visit our Innersearch information page for more details

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