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
"Nature is the first temple"
These last two weeks our monks have been spending their mornings out of their usual worship and meditation routines. During Sadhu Paksha you'll find more than a few monks wondering through our sacred gardens as the sun rises. Today is the final day of Sadhu Paksha for our monastics. After a two day retreat they will start next Sun One with their usual routine homa and with a flag raising for the new season.
These wonderings through nature always spark appreciation for the beauty of a natural world which seems both infinitely complex and eternally simple.
While on taskforce at the Aadheenam, Adi Srikantha has been doing a great deal of work on the Iraivan Temple's landscaping project, particularly in Chola Gardens. This is the area on the east side of the temple which leads down into Rishi Valley. Adi has been planing plants, helping to move dirt and boulders, laying topsoil, weeding, planting grass seed, keeping everything watered and much more. Thank you Adi, for all your selfless service! Om Namah Sivaya.
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