Bodhinatha's State of the Church Address for 2011


Vasaant Karma Yoga

Vasaant is proving to be a valuable contributor to any endeavor we give him. This phase he is serving in the Ganapati Kulam. His first job is to scan the original artwork on silk of the magnificent paintings of the five forms of Sadasiva.

On Iraivan day which fell on our retreat, Vasaant was pressure washing out at Iraivan Temple.

Wailua Mission Iraivan Fund Raising Activies

Visitors, Vasant from Sinagapore on Task Force and Dasan Mahadevan on pilgrimage from San Diego, CA are offering help with placing drilled rudraksha beads on the power washing racks.

Each month, weeks before the gathering for working on the rudraksha bead project, Rajadeva Alahan, back left and Durvasa Alahan front right, drill the beads by hand with a small dremel power drill. Kulapati Deva Seyon, front left is always supportive and willing to lend a hand with the project.

New arrivals to Kauai, Chamundi Sabanathan from CA and Jutikadevi Sivaraju from GA ( both in the fore ground) are quick to learn the mala making process. Kamala Guhan has mastered the rudraksha bracelets and makes keychains throughout the month. Isani Alahan and Oma ( Irene Scott) make malas during the month when the stock runs low in the Mini-Mela. All of the devotees are feeling fulfilled working on this karma yoga project.

Ganesha from Orrisa, India lovingly displays the rudraksha malas.

Chitra Puja

Our 3-day retreat included Chitra Pada Puja. Sadhaka Tejadevanatha and Sadhaka Rajanatha were the pujaris.

Blessings for new Vahana

Our Tamil New Year has brought us an unexpected boon. One of our neighbor's daughter, Vicki, came by the Mini Mela a few days ago. Her father had passed away in January, and Vicki's mother Betty asked whether we would accept her husband's electric powered EZ-Go golf cart. Betty has been to the monastery on many occasions, and she attended the concrete pour for the Iraivan Foundation. Betty's husband, Chuck, only used the cart to drive to the mail box each day, so the cart was in excellent condition. Bodhinatha and the talaivars were delighted to accept the gift. The cart was driven to the monastery, and Sadhaka Nandinatha performed the car blessing ceremony in front of Kadavul Temple.

The ceremony is done to bless and purify the vehicle and prayers are done for a long and safe life for the cart. Limes are placed under the tires in order to distract any negative forces from the vehicle.

The ceremony concludes with Bodhinatha driving over the limes. He drives forward, then in reverse.

The cart is small enough that it can be driven on the sidewalk. Bodhinatha stops in front of his office. It is a powerful little cart, able to climb all of our steep hills on our 51 acres. Thank you Chuck, Betty and Vicki for this most wonderful and useful gift.

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