Chidambaram Sthapati Returns to India

Today we honored Chidambaram Sthapati who has completed his stay at Kauai Aadheenam and is returning to India the day after tomorrow. He is a beautiful soul and has been working on the Iraivan temple for seventeen years. Without him, the temple would not exist. In India he was the chief architect at the carving site and then here on Kauai he has been instrumental in the completion of the main structures.

Bodhinatha honored him today for his wonderful service.

Thank you Sthapati!

Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dvitiya Tithi, Sun One, Thursday, July 23rd.

Lawai International Center Visit

Six of the monks enjoyed a time in the mountains of Kauai, above 4,000 feet, and on the way stopped to visit the Lawai International Center. There were hosted by Lynn Miramoto who has been the visionary caretaker. Today's slide show of photos taken by Theresa Vitorelo tells the story. (click here, then click small images to go to large photos with captions.)

Amma Paulette Share Her Teaching Experience

Rajanatha’s mother Amma Paulette continued her round of meeting all the monks. She was a elementary school teacher before retiring and has a lot to share with Arumugaswami who handles our children’s course material development. She had some excellent insights on the kinds of materials that teachers actually need and use in the field.

Peace Pole Goes to Hanapepe Garden of Peace

After completing work on this Peace Pole, Sivakatirswami turned over it to the current chairperson of the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai, Anneleah Atkinson, and her husband who is behind the camera. Annaleah then delivered it to Mark Jaffers, Director of the famed Story Book Theater ( in Hanapepe on the west side of the island.

Mark called this morning to say “I just wanted to let you know we got The Peace Pole and it is in good hands and will be installed by a professional who has experience in setting up bronze and other statues in public places. I think the Peace Pole will be a center of attraction here.”

The pole will be officially unveiled at the opening of the SPARK M. MATSUNAGA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S GARDEN FOR PEACE, in Hanapepe. If you live on Kauai and want to attend a marvelous event, don’t miss it:

Garden for Peace Opening (click here)

A Peace Pole is simple powerful statement that stands tall in the community and silently beams out to all who see it: “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” This echos in modern times the ancient prayer of our Vedic Rishis in one of the many famous Shanti Mantras.

AUM Sarveshaam Swastir Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Shantir Bhavatu;
Sarveshaam purnam Bhavatu;
Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu.
AUM Shantih, Shantih, Shantih

May all be auspecious;
May all attain peace;
Let there be fullness and contentment all over;
May all be blessed. 
AUM peace, peace, peace.

And this other famous prayer:

Lokaa Samasthaa Sukhino Bhavanthu…
Om shanti, Shanti, Shanti…

May all the beings in all the worlds become happy;
Peace, peace and peace be everywhere!

Why don’t you make one for your community! Visit

Meanwhile, click to watch these YouTube Videos of Lokaa Samasthaa Sukhino Bhavanthu!

Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu I

Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu II

Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu III

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