Namaskaram Mandapam Stone Installation

Today was the auspicious day for the installation of the Namaskaram stone in the center of Iraivan's floor. bodhinatha is on hand to bless the moment.

Our silpis are masters of stone movement. With rollers and bars, they move the giant stone into position

Another milestone in the history of Iraivan

Tour Day

It is always an inspiration to see how open and willing our guests are on public tour day, to create a bridge of appreciation. They come from every conceivable religious and philosophical background and yet the spiritual power of Kauai Aadheenam seems to create discoveries of common ground and understanding.

What might sound rather obscure in a classroom or lecture hall seems vibrant and alive amidst the all pervasive botanical explosion.

That the ancient Vedic Rishis of India discovered something inconceivably sacred at the core of Being . . .

and that these monks are keeping these ancient realizations alive everyday in their meditations seems to land quite peacefully when stated amidst the blooms surrounding us.

Here Amala Seyon talks about fundraising for Iraivan, and the sacred rudraksha trees and seeds to our guests.

Hugging this mighty tree is a healing experience.

In the West, a project the size of Iraivan, would need a large construction yard surrounded by a chain link fence and thousands of dollars worth of the latest high tech power tools.

When we show the guests our “construction yard” the sheer artful simplicity is hard for them to wrap their mind around.

Kandan’s english is improving and he can actually take some questions now!

A new masterpiece now graces the mini mela. Our bronze Iraivan now sits center stage in the mini mela. An opportunity and invitation to sponsor this magnum opus now greets visitors to the mini mela.

How exquisite and remarkable in every detail!

Monastery Twitter Updates for 2010-02-18

Bodhinatha arrives. #

The Namaskaram stone is now being installed. #

Silpis greet the guru as we get ready to install the amazing black stone on which kings & gurus prostrate #

Navaratna is placed. #

Bodhinatha speaks on the event in a short video #

Everyone places some cement. #

In place! #

Lowering in progress. #

Sacraments are given. #

Bodhinatha with silpis. #

Posing with the craftsmen after the installation #

Everybody is happy. #

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