Sadhu Paksha Continues

A week into Sadhu Paksha and the heavy rains we've been getting up on our hill have been slowing. This means an easier time for our monks who are wondering the sacred gardens in the early mornings. Here are a few photos captured this morning by one of our monastics. A nice view from Iraivan Temple as the sun rises, with Siva's crescent moon just above it, and Venus up and to the right. Om Namah Sivaya.

As body, life, and world,
As sea, cloud and cloud-laden sky,
Permeating all, indestructible and continuous
The Lord stands in Majesty
The True way that never closes.

Tirumantiram 413

Beauty in Siva’s Garden

Aloha everyone, here are a few simple, wonderful shots of a new hibscus flower blooming around the monastery. Have a great day! All the monks are with you. :)

Mushroom Colony Discovery

Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami was tending to his garden chores and stumbled upon this spectacular colony of mushrooms. Being on the Saiva Neri gives us much appreciation for all life, since we know its all divinity, its all Siva.

Longan Season!

Some Photos of one of the monastery's Longan Trees. These delicious little fruit are quite sweet with a melon-like flavor. Each year we see a lot, but this year is especially abundant.

A New Machine for the Gardens

Recently the monastery's new CAT 301.7D mini excavator arrived. Thanks to an anonymous someone's wonderful generosity, we now have a reliable tool for landscaping in places that larger machines can't go. While we previously had another mini excavator, it was old and prone to disrepair. This new one is roughly the same size but with much more horsepower. It has been given the nickname of "Rajendra Chola," as this south indian king was known for his building of temple gardens. This little excavator will have that as its primary purpose, especially now while we are making ample progress on the landscaping around Iraivan Temple.

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