The tile at Kadavul Temple has recently been replaced thanks to the hard work of our head groundskeeper Doug and overseen by Yoginathaswami and the Siddhidata Kulam.
This tile has had a few years of rough weather and took too much moisture underneath the surface and started to pop up tile by tile.
The monastery recently enjoyed a visit from Kehaulani and her group of hula haumana (students). Many years ago it was Kehaulani who did the Hawaiian blessing for the building of Iraivan Temple. This group of students are her core pupils in the learning of Hawaiian hula, ceremonies and chants. They come from Kauai and other parts of Hawaii but mostly from Japan where hula has become quite popular in recent decades.
Upon arrival Kehaulani was gifted with a wooden bowl made by the monks from camphor wood. She and her troupe were then given a short introduction to the monastery, for many of them hadn't visited before. They were soon brought to Kadavul Temple where Kehaulani offered a beautiful Hawaiian chant to the Gods Lono, Ku and Kane (Ganesha Muruga and Siva respectively). They also performed a short hula as a group and offered a ti leaf garland for Nataraja. Next they were brought out to the flagpole area for their main hula. There is a specific Hawaiian chant dedicated to Pihanakalani ("where Heaven meets Earth") which they perform here along with chants to Mount Waialeale and the Wailua River.
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"God Siva —the Supreme Being" (January 01,2017)
Lord Siva is the Supreme Being of the universe, not one of many gods. To Saivites Siva is the supreme being; to Vaishnavites Vishnu is the supreme being. The soul starts with experiencing the world. On one side the soul is pulled by veiling grace toward the world. On the inside the soul is pulled by revealing grace toward God. Resolving karma, maturing in the world, fulfilling dharma, we move toward imperturbability, realization, moksha.
Path to Siva, Lesson 11.
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We recently received this copy of a photo from Rajkumar Manickam which he took while at the Aadheenam during our 2016 Mahasamadhi celebrations. He skillfully caught a long exposure of our galaxy behind Iraivan Temple. The next photo is a look at the Temple's recent landscaping.
Andre Alves Garzia left Kauai for a two-day journey back to his home and wife Lily in Niteroi (across the bay from Rio) in Brasil. He spent a month here working on many projects and his visit was a great success. Among the thing he accomplished:
- Setting up a small Linux Server called "Buddhi" to back up our web sites daily and provide "disaster recovery" assurance for all our web content.
- Progress on our new SivaSiva app including a Hindu Panchangam module that will actually be released as a separate app.
- assisting the Pilliyar Kulam with their internal monk's only web site that helps with coordination of all our monastic activities.
- Upgrading the software originally created by the monks to process photos and create these TAKA posts. This will allow other monks to contribute very easily and efficiently, even from the road
- Adding support to the media manager software we use in house to create web content. New innovations include Audio books and the Hindu Lexicon and FAQ content support systems. (Stay tuned for announcements on these, as we release some new content in the days and weeks ahead)
- Kick off discussions and advance planning for two major new web content initiatives relating to virtual tours of the Aadheenam and opening up access to our art archives in more user friendly ways.
The monks and Andre want to thank all our Digital Dharma supporters for their contributions which allow up to keep these initiative moving forward, always free and always ad free!
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