Kulamata Amala Seyon leading the tour group to Iraivan.
Visitors on the tour pass Umbrella Ganesha where a rare flower is in bloom.
After many days of cool rainy weather, today was gorgeous which our many visitors enjoyed. Here they are learning the basic beliefs of Hinduism, Siva's all pervasiveness, karma, dharma, reincarnation and the pristine practice of ahimsa or non-violence. Guests also learn that Hindus believe there is no intrinsic evil, no devil or eternal hell.
Proceeding to Iraivan, guests take a moment to capture Siva's bounty on display throughout the tropical botanical gardens.
Strolling past Dakshinamurti, guests walk to Iraivan Temple.
Guests gather near to listen to the explanation of the revolutionary and unique "fly ash" concrete foundation designed to last a thousand years and to view the many wonders carved by hand in the granite pillars of Iraivan Temple.
Under the shade of the sacred Rudraksha trees, today's host, Kulamata Amala Seyon shares with our visitors the story of "Tears of Siva" which are used in ancient preparations of Ayervedic and Chinese medicine.
One lucky guests found a "Gowri Shankar" Rudraksha seed. This is unique in that two seeds are joined together creating Siva/Shakti energy. This type of bead is especially sacred to Saivite priests and Gurus.
Guests received envelops to share their names and contact information and to leave a love offering to help manifest Iraivan Temple, "…where the world will come to pray."
As many know, Iraivan Temple is built completely by donation.
This family is from Switzerland and are visiting the many Hawaiian Island sacred sites.
Friends who are fine, positive and good Hindus will help you most of all. It's important for parents of teenagers to know their teenager's friends. Our strength comes from mixing and interacting with others who are practicing sadhana. "The group helps the individual and the individual helps the group."
Pray to Lord Ganesha before beginning work. Turn everything you do into selfless service, seva, karma yoga. Work becomes worship. Hold the perspective of Sivanadiyar that you are the devoted servant of God Siva. "Do everything you do as Sivathondu. Give up this 'I' and mine."
"As you approach God's home, you can feel the spiritual energy, and as you go inside you are engulfed in peace." Trust in and open up to the deity. God is a very subtle presence. The temple and the murti within it are set up so that anyone can feel God's presence once they have enough devotion. Go to the temple and through the sanctified murti see God. Kumbabishekam purifies the temple, infuses divine energy into the murti. The deity, during puja, resides in the murti. Continuous daily worship perpetuates and over the years strengthens the power of the temple.
Be close to God by going to the temple. By shifting our minds to our religion the flow of positive karma is intensified. Being open and receptive receive the blessings of the deity. Bask in the divine energy radiating out from the murti. Creating a strong tie to the temple, perform a sacred act when you return home. Light a lamp in your home shrine; bring the vibration and summon the devas from the temple.