Our three day retreat was “action packed” with a large group of special guests on Star 1, the arrival of a new task forcer, the incredibly powerful annual Tiruvembavai Ardra Abhishekam of Natajara on the second, Purnima day of the retreat.

Here is Bodhinatha carrying the kumbha around the temple on Ardra day.


Of course, since Lord Nataraja is not to be photographed, the amazing abhishekam is only known by those who come here for pilgrimage.

Meanwhile, Julian Calendar Twenty-Ten (2010) New Year’s greetings are flowing in from around the world.

This is a precious message we have received from India from our brothers at monastery at Adi Chunchanagiri

Jai Sri Gurudev
Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math
Sri Adichunchanagiri Shakha Math, Chickballapur


The horizon is not yet laminated with the golden rays of the sun. Despite darkness, another gifted day is unveiled and given to mankind to perform noble deeds before dusk. Who knows whether another dawn will be there for us or not? Chirping melody of birds, soothing touch of morning breeze, makes the whole world to rejoice. May all be awakened from great slumber to receive the best possible gifts brought by heavenly daughter USHA, the dawn, and the time just before the first ray of the radiant arising sun. May USHA bring peace, happiness, tranquility, prosperity and much more into our life. May your personality be enveloped with divine splendour, effulgence, and untainted homogeneous radiance. Try to relinquish all kinds of passion which may cast off all virtues. Attain emancipation, redemption and renounce all for the cause of humanity through which you will attain ultimate enlightenment which gives eternal, everlasting ecstasy and you can absorb yourself in the ocean of infinite truth and your entire being would be illumined. May you receive the benediction of the benign, benevolent grace of the Almighty on this very good morning of auspicious year 2010.

Yours in the Service of the Lord,

Swami Nirmalanandanatha

Riccardo Morano Comes for Task Force

Riccardo Morano is here from Round Top, New York for a period on Task Force. He is a new master course student interested in finding out about monastic life.

Pilgrims from Alaska and Colorado

Manickam Ganesan and his wife Sundari (right) are from Anchorage, Alaska. They have been here before. This year they came on a pilgrimage which is also a family re-union with there two daughters who live in Boston. It has been seven years since they were altogether on a trip like this. Meena (in blue) is a budding journalist and has offered to help edit articles for Hindu Press International. Nelly (in green) is in the public health care sector, helping to assess needs and get health care to people who need it in Massachusetts. They visited with each of the monks in the Ganapati Kulam today.

Paban, Sagarika and Anoushka Sarma came from Fort Collins, Colorado to Kauai for their first time just to see Iraivan Temple on the advice from their friend. He told them, “You must go to see this Temple”. He knew about it from finding it on the internet, but had not yet been here. They were so happy he did!

When Anoushka was asked, “What was your most favorite of everything your have seen?” Her answer, “Iraivan Temple”. Thank you all and come back again soon.

Sri Dattatreya Siva Baba Visits with Students

A group of sixty students of Sri Dattatreya Siva Baba are on Kauai covering among other topics “the secret Lemurian teachings and practices of Muruga…,the role of Muruga’s Vel in erasing karma blocking the fulfillment of current desires and…a life of prosperity and joy” His website is: astroved.com

After visiting Iraivan Temple, Baba was intrigued by the Rudraksha forest and asked that the participants take the opportunity to hug the rudraksha trees.

Later they offered Bilva leaves to the Swayambhu Lingam on San Marga.

Banana trees are growing at the San Marga Swayambhu Lingam.

Baba met with Bodhinatha to shared astrological predictions for the coming year

Moon over Waialale

Full moon over Waialeale after Sun 1 Homa this morning.

An incredible crystal clear morning.

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