Monastery Entry Sign

One of the most recent additions to the monastery is this grand new entry sign welcoming people upon arrival. For scale you can see the older sign below the large one, most definitely an improvement.

Siva the Divine Manifestation

The photo of Sadasiva you see here is not a photo at all. It is a 3-D digital image, part of a remarkable process that has been happening for over a year. So remarkable, auspicious and miraculous, in fact, that it has been awarded the 2018 Monks' Superlative Achievement Award for Amazing and Awesome Accomplishments. Not an award we give lightly.

In sum, this image was scanned from a small, 14" tall sculpture lovingly envisioned and crafted by two long-term supporters of Gurudeva's work and the monastery and its magical spaces. The small statue is called a maquette in the art world, a diminutive version of what will eventually be a larger work.

The miniature (which has as you see astounding detail for its size) was scanned with state-of-the-art technology as the slideshow reveals. It will be scaled up to 54" tall and then a 3-D printer will slowly build the sculpture at the final size. That will be fine-tuned by the artist and a mold made for casting the sculpture in bronze. It takes dozens of skilled artisans to bring such a master work into manifestation.

It is to be a gift to Siva's Sacred Garden and will ultimately be shipped to the monastery for installation and for all future pilgrims to encounter this most mystical and mysterious form of the Divine. Indeed, there may be no image of God with such profound meanings.

If you want to explore the full depth of Sadasiva, you can find it here at the Hinduism Today website where we did a major story on this traditional form.

The highly-illustrated PDF with all the amazing art and charts can be downloaded here

Meanwhile, join us in putting our palms together in gratitude to the couple who is creating it, and enjoy more about Sadasiva in the following slideshow. Aum Namasivaya!

Iraivan Work Heats Up Again

After a long rest in Hawaii, Iraivan Temple construction picked up today with a new arrival of granite stones--one of the last shipments needed. Soon all of the stones will be here on Kauai and 40ft containers of granite will be a thing of the past. Our stone carvers are also expected to arrive in a few weeks to begin the final touches and placement of the Nandi Mandapam, perimeter wall and general spot-checks. 2018 is going to be an exciting year.

Crating Iraivan Stones in Bengaluru

Our team in India is hard at work getting the last of Iraivan's stones to Kauai where they will be put together by the next batch of silpis. Both the silpis and the stones are expected to arrive early next year.                

Monkeypod and Pine Meet Shum

A few months ago Paramacharya Sadasivanatha gave a whole lot of thought to what to put in the large blank area on the facade above the guru pitham seat, called simhasana, the holy spot established by Gurudeva as the seat of authority for Kauai Aadheenam, back in the 1970s. It was time for something new. After lots of noodling and discussion, the plan that you will see manifest in this post came to be.

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