For two years the silpi team in India has been quietly working on a small project, a granite map of the island which visitors can explore and enjoy. The top section was uncrated yesterday and placed temporarily in Siva's Sacred Garden. It's quite heavy and took three strong monks to lift into place.
The base is completed, and will be shipped in January, so meantime a simple block of stone was found to provide support for the months ahead. The 3-D terrain is not to scale. If it were scaled properly, the tallest peak of mount Waialaale would be only one inch tall. So, we intentionally had it exaggerated, five hundred percent, making the peak five inches high on this model.
It has been placed amidst the plants out near the flagpole where visitors gather. They will be able to see just where the temple is on the map, and look above the temple to see the top of Mount Waialeale.
Jai to our beloved Gurudeva!
Last night, during the chitra nakshatra, we observed our monthly pada puja to Gurudeva. Sadhaka Mayuranatha and Natyam Nandinatha performed the silent, contemplative puja which permeated the temple with Gurudeva's infinite and loving presence.
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Today we received some recent photos from Jiva Rajasankar, the manager of the Iraivan carving site in Bengaluru, India. They are working on the Nandi Mandapam with great energy. Most recently the silpis have finished five of the eight small stone chains, and the first of four elaborate ceiling lotuses (you can see these in the slideshow).
From Sadasivanathaswami's and Senthilnathaswami's recent travels:
On our final night in Canada, we were invited to the Sivathondan Nilayam for a long and delightful satsang with the devotees of Paramaguru Yogaswami. After a traditional greeting at the door, we entered the hall where some 80 good souls had congregated. Gurudeva would have been so proud to see them all dressed traditionally and singing so beautifully. After prostrating to Yogaswami's statue, we took our seats and told stories. I brought two young ones forward, a boy and girl, in their early teens, and told them we would have a quiz on one of the stories (the one about the mango farmer and the harvard MBA). They were so attentive, and answered my question about the moral of the story with great maturity. Only later were we told they are brother and sister!
My talk was fully translated and after a Q & A session we had a few moments with each and every one present as they came forward for vibuthi. A final arati was followed by a light dinner. Our first iddiappam and sodhi in a long time!
We drove the hour back to our room enlivened by our days in the Great White North, as Canada is known. Up before dawn for our flights to Arizona.
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