While our holiday stream of guests has slowed down a little we are still receiving many friendly faced from around the globe who come for our tour days. Graciously hosted by our Wailua Mission members and by pilgrimaging members such as Jiva and Kanmani, many these recent tour groups have had the joy of visiting Iraivan Temple, a part of the tour which is dependent on construction activity.
Jiva and Kanmani Rajasankara sat with the Ganapati Kulam yesterday and shared their wonderful tale of being assigned the monumental task of overseeing Iraivan Temple construction in India.
"I met Gurudeva in 1975 in Kuala Lampur," Jiva began, "At that time the communications were very slow, by the time I sent a letter to Gurudeva it could take two weeks to arrive and two weeks to return. And at that time the church sent newsletters to Malaysia on different guidelines for parents; remove your children out of missionary schools, etc. But at that time we would only read the letter with little seriousness, close the letter and set it aside. That was the general trend for the members at that time. This is what we did until we recieved a direct order from Gurudeva, then we would see what he said and apply it.
"It took some time and went through all of the maturing in stages. Over the years I found that whatever Gurudeva says might not be clear to our intellect over that time, but whatever he gives is for ten, or twenty, years from now to see the results. So I eventually got the spirit that whatever he says is the final word for our karmic evolution for this birth.
"When he gave me the instruction to move to India it was pretty easy with some challenges. The shift from one country to another and moving from one job to another, a job I had never heard of, and manage 30 to 40 workers started with struggle. We worked with Ganapati Sthapati in the beginning with some difficulty and then Selvanathan sthapati came and everything went smoother. He and I were both second generation in this field and worked well together and get a lot of things done.
"Today, I can say that because of Gurudeva's instruction and guidance, our company is one of the leading companies in India. As a granite company who does both temples, deities and house items we are able to do cover a broader scope of work than most competitors who will only do one or the other type of job. I give all the credit to Gurudeva, this is all because of him.
"We are doing well because of the grace of the guru. I'm very proud to see where the work is now and am excited for the future."
As the holidays simmer down and monastery guests reduce the monks return to their crafts as carpenters, astrologers, morphological plant-lovers, zymologists, inter-web-code transformationers, fruit pickers and pressers, fromageres, dorodangerists and bakers. We small band of brothers take care of this and that seeing that we shape the outer along with the inner.
Today we take quick look at a few creations from our bakers and enjoy the final product of wheat mixed with water mixed with yeast and thrown around the kitchen.
The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness