Dasan and Shakti Mahadeva returned to Kauai to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, and met near Kadavul temple with the gardeners.
Flowers for Siva. Such bright souls Siva calls to His Island Home.
And other bright souls are here to watch after all the little things, visitors, the MiniMela, and more. Shama and Isani are noble examples of the ancient Tamil adage about service to God. Adiyarku adiyain, I am but the servant of the servants of the Lord.
The river is quieting down after our tropical storm of the past few days.
In the garden today, we have the rarely seen Peanut Butter fruit and flower. Yes, it tastes just like the gooey peanut stuff.
Into the kitchen comes the fresh gifts from the garden. Green peppers.
Anbe sivamayam Satyame parasivam.Prostrations to lord Ganesa.Salutations to Kualmati Isani and Brahmacharini Sharma.You are my role models in my heart.We are blessed to benifit from your selfless service. You both look lovely next to Lord Ganesa.
I always think of how amazing that is like magic to plant food and flowers and see the results. I have great respect for you who tend a garden to arrive at such beauty and of course mouthwatering possibilities(yum yum)Like Grurdeva might say(smile)
Treat the guest as God; the guest's heart is more sensitive than the most sensitive flower. If we generously give to others, we will attract more wealth in this and future lives. Siva's followers serve holy men, honor elders, help each others families and grow together in Godliness. Giving to a temple builds punyam; you are helping the temple help humanity. "Charities merit cannot be measured by gifts given, it is measured by measuring the receiver's merit."
We need to perfect Ishvarapujana, personal worship, before we can expect to do really well in meditation. "The idea of Ishvarapujana, worship, is to always be living with God, living in Siva in God's house..." Learn the spirit of the puja, learn the spirit of devotion, get deeply into worship in the home. During puja, we're giving prana and devotional energy to the Deity; we receive blessings in return. God isn't living in your house, it's God's house and you are living in it.
The three stripes of vibhuti across the forehead signify trying to purify ourselves from the influence of anava, karma and maya. There are two ways we're attached to the world, that which gives us pleasure and pain. We're slowly changing our karma over a period of many lifetimes through wise action in the present. With humble action we work on lessening the ego-sense rather than enhancing it.