"Back at the Tropical Inn the monk dutifully spoke with the owner, retired Col. Albert Roesch, asking for a what-if price. 'As my manager told you twice, it's not for sale, young man.' 'Yes, I know. But if it were...' the monk sheepishly offered. Seeing there would be no respite until a number was forthcoming, Col. Roesch grumbled in a slightly threatening voice, 'If it were to be sold, and Im not saying it ever would, we would want no less than $300,000.' Back at Poipu, Master heard the number and decreed, 'Go back and tell him we cant afford that much, but we can offer him $165,000 right away. No more. Tell him that.' 'But...' 'Trust me. Just go and make the offer.' An hour later the monk stood before the man and made the counteroffer with great hesitation. 'Hmmm! Let me talk with my wife,' came the unexpected retort.
The offer, amazingly, was accepted and Master moved to the new property on February 5, 1970, spending the first night alone on the property to take psychic control before inviting the monks to join him the next day."
"Master named the lush seven-acre property Sivashram and made it his home, a courageous move in those days, leaving all past history and properties, moving thousands of miles away to a new land, a small island. Thus ended a long search for his spiritual headquarters.
"'Years ago, we came to Kauai and finally never left. I chose Kauai, the worlds most remote land mass, because I wanted to be close to my devotees in the East and close to my devotees in the West, while at the same time cloistered from the world at large. Yes, our inner life is more important than our outer life. If we were in San Francisco, New York, Singapore or New Delhi, we could not do this same work as a contemplative order of meditators and teachers, outreaching primarily through publications and the Internet. Kauai is a spiritual place, a vortex of healing energies emanating from its sacred Mount Waialeale, pristine air and ocean.'"
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