End of Phase

We completed a dynamic 5-day phase and everyone is gearing up for Mahasamadhi memorial next week.

Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Wednesday, November 11th.

Honoring Gurudeva's Legacy

Nigel Siva of Maryland responded to a call for some black and white illustrations of Gurudeva's lineage and life, and selflessly took two days off from his work to draw the next few works.

This is Lord Murugan thrusting His Vel three times forcefully on the steps in 1973 to show Gurudeva where the Nataraja Deity should be placed.

Lord Siva sitting on the Swayambhulingam in Gurudeva's 1975 vision.

This art honors Shum, the language of meditation, with the word Simshumbe, the power of the spine. Below Nigel illustrates a few of the books Gurudeva gave to the world and the magazine he founded, Hinduism Today.

Iraivan Temple and the Crystal Sivalingam, complete with the five-headed Naga. The peedam, base, is just today being assembled in India to be shipped to Kauai in the months ahead. It weights some 10,000 pounds!

A smiling Siva, as seen in Gurudeva's vision.

Here, Nigel assembles the six images into a one collage…

A hand-made special wooden joint crafted in redwood by the monks. It's part of a special interactive art wall that will greet pilgrims coming for the Mahasamadhi observances in a few days. Black and white line art, including some of the above pieces, will be displayed on this.

Interactive Art Display

In the monastery carpentry shop the Mahasamadhi interactive Art Display is being assembled today and tomorrow.

these are some of the hand tools used for making it.

A larger shot of the base.

President Obama's Diwali Message

While this does not relate to events at Kauai Aadheenam it feels like a sort of fulfillment of our mission, because it marks such a huge recognition of Hinduism on the map of mainstream America and we wanted to share it with you.

In an historic first, President Obama invited Hindus to the White House and celebrated with them Diwali. In this YouTube video you can hear him speak of Diwali, its importance and meaning and then light a ghee lamp while a Hindu priest chants a Sanskrit sloka.


Monastery Twitter Updates for 2009-11-08

  • Rishi Valley on a cloudy day. http://twitpic.com/ooy22 #
  • More Rainbow Eucalyptus logs given to the monastery today, future lumber for construction. http://twitpic.com/op61m #
  • Six second video of Rishi Valley today. http://tweetreel.com/?pz932 #
  • Enjoy a larger version of Ravi Vinayak’s video of our Donor Appreciation Reception in Palo Alto 10/31/09 http://bit.ly/2UuhX1 #
  • Today is the last day of the phase. We’ll have a two-day retreat and then our four-day annual Gurudeva Mahasamadhi observances. #

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