The Wailua mission held their monthly “Iraivan Morning” this month in the Banyan Mandapam outside of Kadavul temple yesterday.
Uma Sivanathan, and two Master Course students, Faith Collier, and Leonora Orr, making jewelry from rudraksha beads
Tandu Sivanathan, Aran Sendan, and and Master Course student, Justice Collier, filling the racks with rudraksha beads to be pressure washed
Some of the items to be blessed at the Temple and then offered for sale in the Mini Mela. Through this seva, the mission has raised thousands of dollars for Iraivan temple and blessed countless pilgrims with rudrakshas that go home with them, carrying the blessings of Lord Nataraja from Kauai back to their lives in the world.
"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.