We share with our CyberCadets a collection of images taken yesterday just outside the Media Studio in which the very words you're reading were written this morning. The garden there is all arids, planted to contrast with the lush tropical foliage that is everywhere else. They're of various plants, such as orchids, agave, euphorbias and cacti, all of which grow in and around a shallow deposit of black gravel surrounded by Kauai Blue Rock. Requiring little to survive yet able to thrive, these plants hold a monasticism about themselves. Of course, not all desert plants can take the 95 inches of rain at the Aadheenam, but the ones you see here have made the necessary accommodations to enjoy the island. Enjoy this wild array of Siva's beautiful, diverse, peculiar emanation.
Over this past retreat, one of us spotted Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami toiling amongst the burgeoning fruits of our recent landscaping efforts near Iraivan Temple. This shot is taken from below the temple at its southeast corner, just out of view of nearby lychee, durian, and starfruit trees.
Aloha and namaste everyone, we hope you are all well and seeing Siva in everyone. The Siddhdata Kulam just planted some palm trees near one of their machine shops. This line of trees will better suit the new road the monks use to get inside the monastery.
Our current landscaping project at Iraivan Temple is the placement of stepping stones up to and after our stream bridge. Our groundskeeper, Doug, and local member, Tandu, haul the heavy stones and drop into place.
A monks recently took these photographs of some of the many astounding flowering plants which are coming into bloom in Siva's garden. Enjoy this visual venture!
"The flower has a stalk. There always has to be something that sustains you. If everything were perfect, there would be no reason for this birth. The moon makes no attempt to dispel the darkness that covers one portion of it; it gives light to the earth and dispels darkness there." Siva Yogaswami
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