Recently, a class of local school children visited the monastery. The school's curriculum is very unique, all being taught in the Hawaiian language until 5th grade, after which it continues with an hour of it each day. The children had a tour out to see Iraivan Temple. On the way they did a beautiful Hawaiian chant at the flag pole. It is rare these days to hear the Hawaiian language spoken. Following their tour they had a question and answer session with one of the monks. The group asked many good questions about the monastery and how it functions, and were particularly interested in why one might become a monk. Afterwards they had a chance to enjoy Kadavul Temple, many of them writing notes to the devas before ending their day's visit.
Catholic Brother David Steindle-Rast from Austria, recently visited the aadheenam. He and his small group were given a tour of the grounds, after which they had a meeting with Satguru Bodhinatha. Later he sat down for a talk with Sadasivanathaswami and Brahmanathaswami. Brother David actively promotes the practice of gratefulness and was involved in past interfaith Global Forums in Moscow. He had some wonderful words to say about many topics, including the importance of religion as something which brings man into unity with God, stating that any beliefs or practices that separate people or divide the world, could not be called religion.
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