One of the Siddidhata Kulam's most joyous seva is supplying food for the monastery. Once or twice a week we drive around the property picking a wide variety of tropical fruits that were planted years ago by forward thinking monastics.
This week our harvest produced bananas, black sapote, mame sapote, lychees, chiku, Haitian star apple, avocados and egg fruit.
Yesterday the monastery received a gift of rare hybrid plants. These specimens are from David Fell, owner of Fantastic Gardens located in Waimanalu on the island of Oahu. We have traded plants with David for about 20 years, and he has visited the monastery with his wife, Sandy.
David made his offer of free plants, and invited the monks to "come and get it." But that proved not feasible, so we turned to Adi Srikantha who is living for a few months on the Big Island. Adi agreed to jump in and make the gift possible, which was a complicated affair. Adi worked out all of the details of the 20-foot refrigerated container that was needed. Then he flew to Oahu for several days, arranged the agricultural inspections, loaded the container and arranged for delivery of the container to the monastery from the port.
The plants are all mature, colorful, special hybrids that David created over the last 25 years. Thank you, David. Siva's Sacred Garden welcomes these new arrivals.
With the Nartana Ritau in full swing our sacred gardens have woken up to the fact that winter is over. All the many flowers have started blooming again! We take a short walk and snap a photo of as many as we can find. And oh did we find a lot! It's hard to image just how many we would find if we had explored the whole aadheenam, but it would be tons. To be clear, you won't get the names of all the plants you see in this post, as that information is kept in the mind of another monk, but we can still enjoy all the pretty colors together!
"God speaks through flowers as well as through the tongue of man." - Siva Yogaswami
We go again into the garden to bring you some of the season's gifts. One cannot but be amazed that this is February and so much is blooming and thriving and marching toward the buildings!
Camera in hand, we walk along the many secret paths at Kauai Aadheenam to see what is new, what is in bloom, what is strange. We found a little of each as this slideshow will reveal.