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.
"Adjust yourself to the realization that you are a divine being, a self-effulgent, radiant being of light."
Jyoti is the Sanskrit word for inner light. To bestow on devotees terms that were more specific, Gurudeva developed the Shum Language of Meditation. In Shum the word for the light that lights up the mind is balikana. During Shum meditation there is an indrawing of forces to realize balikana, a moon-like glow, leading to iftye a deeper kind of inner light which, in turn, leads to milinaka, a sustained iftye which doesn't go away and can be sustained after we've finished our meditation.