Darshan meeting

Ramachandran Sitarama and his wife Ramya Chakravarthy were back today to have darshan with Bodhinatha. They were very appreciative of the temple and it's setting on Kauai.

Afterwards they saw a Narmada Sivalingam for the first time and did abhishekam

Tour Day 3-20-09

Tour day brought about sixty five guests with many thought provoking questions.

Near the Four Sages at the feet of Dakshinamurthi.

Walking up the slope beneath the Rudraksha Trees to avoid the muddy grounds near the temple, guest enjoy a view from higher ground. All seemed interested in seeing the rare hand carved sanctuary of the Divine.

Dr. John Lydgate, retired instructor of World Religions at the local Community College, visited today. He and his friends are featuring Kauai's Hindu Temple in the new publication, Pacific Journal.

The silpis demonstrate stone carving for the guests.

A series of group photos feature our visitors under the protection of the tent as the tropical rains bless us.

Radiating the light of Siva within their eyes and smiles, all seemed appreciative or the opportunity to visit the sacred site of Iraivan.

Devotees of Amritanandamai enjoyed the tour and were interested in learning about the puja schedule.

Guests take a turn at carving the white granite.

A family from Ohio are thoroughly enjoying their second visit to Kauai Aadheenam.

Wailua Mission Members On Himalayan Acres

Kulapati Durvasa Alahan takes care of some of the 300+ acre fields at Himalayan Acres. Recently he invited our guest, Kulamata Savitri Palani on pilgrimage from CA and Br. Lila Devi to ride along with us. The Northeast fork of the Wailua River overflows the concrete bridge crossing.

These young wild boars cause a lot of damage to the crops.

Devotees that have come to plant trees on Himalayan Acres will be pleased to see the Ironwood and Mahogany trees are doing well.

The wild boars dig upthe earth in search of insects.The plastic covers and protects the drip lines watering the newer trees.

Kulamata Savitri Palani enjoys organic gardening at home in CA, and is interested to learn about the monks efforts to raise organic noni.

In folk medicine noni is said to have many healing properties. From Wikipedia: In China, Samoa, Japan, and Tahiti, various parts of the tree (leaves, flowers, fruits, bark, roots) serve as tonics and to contain fever, to treat eye and skin problems, gum and throat problems as well as constipation, stomach pain, or respiratory difficulties.[citation needed] In Malaysia, heated noni leaves applied to the chest are believed to relieve coughs, nausea, or colic.[citation needed] The noni fruit is taken, in Indochina especially, for asthma, lumbago, and dysentery.[citation needed] As for external uses, unripe fruits can be pounded, then mixed with salt and applied to cut or broken bones.[citation needed] In Hawaii, ripe fruits are applied to draw out pus from an infected boil. The green fruit, leaves and the root/rhizome have traditionally been used to treat menstrual cramps and irregularities, among other symptoms, while the root has also been used to treat urinary difficulties.[16] The bark of the great morinda produces a brownish-purplish dye for batik making; on the Indonesian island of Java, the trees are cultivated for this purpose. In Hawaii, yellowish dye is extracted from its root in order to dye cloth.[17] The fruit is used as a shampoo in Malaysia, where it is said to be helpful against head lice.[citation needed] There have been recent applications also for the use of oil from noni seeds. [18] Noni seed oil is abundant in linoleic acid that may have useful properties when applied topically on skin, e.g., anti-inflammation, acne reduction, moisture retention.[19][20][21] In Surinam and some other countries, the tree serves as a wind-break, as support for vines and as shade for coffee trees. [edit]

Bramacharin Lila Devi and Kulamata Savirti enjoying the natural wonders of Himalayan Acres.

Some of the retired monastery cows are put "out to pasture" on Himalayan Acres. They have the best open range environment any bovine could ask for and do a great job keeping down the guinea grass. This is our dear grand beautiful elder, Chaturthi. She's very friendly and came up to be petted and have a little chat with her human friends.

A view of Iraivan from Himalyan Acres.

Iraivan surrounded by the lush Kauai tropical gardens with young coconut trees in the foreground.

She is really interested in getting more attention, and perhaps a banana or other yummy snack. "Hey Durvasa, got any alfalfa cubes today?"

She has been busy eating the newly planted mahogany saplings since she has gotten out of her pen.

This would be Mimi or Hana, giant Holsteins who are much more aloof. Roaming the vast acreage in search of something new and interesting to eat.

The surrounding mountains are amazing in the distance as the mist rolls in. The unusual flash of light was a surprise in this shot.

Here are some adorable baby wild boars. They were very trusting and came close to the truck as we were leaving.

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