Lord Ganesha in the Garden

Lord Panchamukha Ganapti has long watched peacefully over our vegetable garden, but for all that time, He has been without a sturdy roof over his head. For some time now, Nirvani Adinatha has been spearheading the creation of this new wooden structure. This last week, he has been assembling it over Ganesha, in the center of the garden.

More Giant Boulders

This retreat Sadasivanathaswami and Sivanadiyar Girish drove across the island to the Quarry in Eleele to mark more large boulders that have been stockpiled for the Iraivan landscaping project. There were some gems in this set, and now the monks are engineering the delivery in early June. Underneath the red dirt clay is a blue-black basalt stone, dark and powerful, born in the early fires that built the island. Basalt is volcanic rock that forms near the surface of the planet and quickly cools. It differs from granite by having somewhat less quartz in its composition. The name "basalt" means very hard stone" in Latin.

Plants from Tissue Culture

In the last two years we have discovered the world of tissue culture plants and now instead of searching for a $7-12 plant and growing it up and splitting it into two plants in three years, we are importing small cloned plants. They cost 30-75ยข each and we can get 72 at a time. We are growing these up for use in the next year or two in landscaping around Iraivan temple. Herewith a small selection.

Giant Orchid in Bloom

Walking along San Marga, one encounters many living creatures, not the least of which is this Grammatophyllum orchid, a baby that will grow to be a giant in the decades ahead. It has an interesting rooting habit, grabbing onto the tree's trunk and forming a nest of white, upward thrusting roots which trap the debris from the tree and feed on it. They do not like to live on the ground.

Our Picture-Perfect Pali

For those unaware, the Monastery recently acquired an official 65 year lease for the small section of state land, which surrounds this unique section of the Wailua. "Pali" means "cliff" in Hawaiian. This large dip in the land is a well-known part of what makes many of our daily visitors so awestruck by the Aadheenam's beauty. The naturally river flows into this basin, which happens to be a giant lava tube. To get an idea of its depth, take the distance from the surface of the water to the treetops and multiply it by two and a half. After that it splits into several tubes which go even further down. Here are a few photos of this unusual spot.

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