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The Sound of Conversational Shum

Easan and Sundari Katir bring us one of several short videos introducing conversational Shum. In this video their son Kartikkeya has added english captions. You can click the “cc” button in the lower-right, or turn them on via the gear icon so that you can understand the meaning. Moolingshum Easan and Sundari!

You can learn some of the basics about Shum here: himalayanacademy.com/readlearn/shum

Kadavul Temple Tank Walkway

Jai Ganesha!

Recently, thanks to the hard work of our hired workers Doug and Jim, the walkway around the Kadavul Temple Tank has been greatly improved! For some time now the walkway had sported the older painted concrete that lays beneath are other paths. We decided it was finally time to add quartzite as you'll find everywhere else around the temple. After a few weeks of construction the walkway is complete and our visitors can now enjoy a wonderful new temple tank experience! Aum.

From Merging With Siva – The River of Life – Part 7

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly upadesha in Kadavul Temple at Kauai's Hindu Monastery in Hawaii. It is part seven of a series of talks elaborating on the inspired teachings of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami as found in his book Merging With Siva. Here, Satguru discusses "The River of Life," a talk given in 1957.

Tirukural – Chapter 58

Chapter 58: The Kindly Look



Verse 577
At a roadside temple beggars are lined on either side of the path. One woman with a kindly look offers coins to the beggar, whereas the other woman turns away from them with a scowl.

TAKA Presents the Tirukural

You can access the entire text, in Tamil and English here:
Weaver's Wisdom


Verse 571

The fairest graciousness, they say, is a kindly look.
Wherever it thrives, the whole world flourishes.

Verse 572

It is compassion that sustains the world's existence.
The existence of those bereft of it is a burden to the Earth.

Verse 573

What use is melody in an unmusical song?
What use are eyes that express no sympathy?

Verse 574

Other than being facial ornaments, what do eyes
with no quality of kindness really do?

Verse 575

A compassionate glance is the eyes' true ornament.
Without such kindness, eyes become unsightly sores.

Verse 576

Eyes that remain unmoved by pity might as well
be unmovable tree stumps bound in earth.

Verse 577

Those who lack a kindly look are indeed without eyes,
and those who truly have eyes never lack a gracious look.

Verse 578

This world belongs to those who, while neglecting no duty,
never neglect to behold others benevolently.

Verse 579

To grant forbearing kindness even to those
who aggrieve us is the foremost of virtues.

Verse 580

Desiring to be gracious above all else, guests may politely accept
even poison they watched their host prepare and serve.

2021 Ayudha Puja and Installing Iraivan Temple’s Doors

Aum Namah Sivaya

Recently the silpis and monks observed Ayudha Puja, a time when we bless our tools and craft items for the work they help us perform. This year's Ayudha Puja included a special blessing for the Sanctum Doors of Iraivan Temple which have now been installed.

A Jayanthi Gift!

Jai Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami!
On the day of our Guru Jayanthi celebrations, our monks also acquired the official Certificate of Occupancy for Iraivan Temple. The temple had been Kauai county's longest standing, open construction project and they were happy to see it finally conclude. This occupancy permit is an important step as we begin to finish the last remaining stages of Iraivan Temple's construction over the next few years. Also, Satguru ceremoniously received the large key to Iraivan Temple's sanctum doors which have now been fully installed (more in a future post).
Aum Namah Sivaya. Sivaya Namah Aum.

Happy Guru Jayanthi!

Aum Namah Sivaya!
Jai to the Nandinatha Sampradaya!
Jai to the Kailasa Parampara!
Jai Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami!!!

Today We celebrate Satguru's 79th Jayanthi. Feel free to send him your loving messages in the comments below.

"Many are the gurus who, like lamps, offer light in a house. But rare is the Satguru who illumines the village like the sun. Many are the gurus who are proficient to the utmost in the Vedas and shastras. But rare is the Satguru who has attained Parasivam. Many are the gurus on earth who give what is other than the Self. But rare is the Satguru who brings the atma to light. Many are the gurus who rob sishyas of their wealth. But rare is the Satguru who removes the afflictions of the sishya. He is the Satguru in whose very presence there flows the supreme bliss called ananda. The intelligent person will choose such a one as Satguru and none other." Kularnava Tantra

From Merging With Siva – The River of Life – Part 6

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly upadesha in Kadavul Temple at Kauai's Hindu Monastery in Hawaii. It is part six of a series of talks elaborating on the inspired teachings of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami as found in his book Merging With Siva. Here, Satguru discusses "The River of Life," a talk given in 1957.

Tirukural – Chapter 57

Chapter 57: Avoidance of Tyranny



Verse 565
A guard, hand uplifted to control the crowd, shouts while another pushes a couple away from the king, not allowing them to meet him. Behind the king, who refuses his peoples entreaties, a demon has confiscated the royal treasury and hugs bags of gold coins.

TAKA Presents the Tirukural

You can access the entire text, in Tamil and English here:
Weaver's Wisdom


Verse 561

He is a true king who impartially investigates
and then duly punishes so that the offense will not recur.

Verse 562

He who wishes his prosperity to long remain
will raise the rod severely, but let it fall softly.

Verse 563

The tyrant who causes dread in his people
will perish quickly and inevitably.

Verse 564

"Our king is cruel." When these bitter words are spoken,
the monarch's life is shortened, and he soon succumbs.

Verse 565

If a man's countenance is harsh and access to him is hard,
his wealth, however vast, might as well belong to a demon.

Verse 566

If a man is unkind and speaks cruelly,
his vast wealth will not last long before perishing.

Verse 567

Harsh language and overly severe punishment,
like a keen file, grind down a king's conquering powers.

Verse 568

A king's wealth wanes when, without thoughtful involvement,
he lets ministers work, then furiously faults their efforts.

Verse 569

The sovereign who does not secure defenses will be seized
by fear when wartime comes and promptly perish.

Verse 570

Earth bears no greater burden than crude counselors
that a cruel-sceptered king binds to his court.

Stone Parrots, Stone Chains and Karna Koodu

Jai Ganesha!

This week we celebrate the installation of some of the final ornamental additions to Iraivan Temple's Nandi Mandapam. The silpis have completed the installation of the Karna Koodu, the twelve capstones that adorn the mandapam's roof. They've also installed the eight stone parrots that sit upon the corners of the roof. With all that completed, the silpis were then able to place the stone chains into their positions underneath the mandapam's eave. Aum.

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