Work is continuing on the temple landscaping, especially on the Western side. Recently we created a rising stairway of faux lava, a path guiding pilgrims to ascend the small knoll to the circle of giant boulders we call People's Park. The paving stones were poured and while the concrete was still somewhat wet, a special vinyl mold was hammered lightly into the surface. This creates the indents and shapes of natural lava rock. We also added our own Hawaiian petroglyphs. The rocks will turn black as the micro-critters begin to inhabit the surface. This area will be planted more in the months ahead, when the rains relent a bit.
Since the concept of the greenhouse has gone far beyond what the monastery ever imagined, the decision was made to order another one. A secondary greenhouse, as explained by Yoginathaswami, can help us move out of the labor-intense raised-bed garden and use less manpower to grow more food. Win-win.
More to come as this several thousand piece greenhouse gets built.
The monastery is in full motion for our short four day phase followed by a long three day retreat.
The silpi's just arrived from Bengaluru to begin the finishing work on Iraivan Temple.
After months of visa coordination, on-site clearing, cleaning and preparation, the last batch of silpi artisans arrive on Kauai. Today they are getting settled in to their new home and start orientation tomorrow.
Yoginathaswami reports that the first objective will be to check where we left off all those years ago and measure critical markings on the Nandi Mandapam again so we can establish accurate continuity.
Much more to come from Iraivan in the days ahead. This is an exciting time to say the least.
The monks are now beginning their work week. In the world this is usually called Monday, however in the monastery's lunar calendar today is Sun 1 and we will work until Sun 5 before having our version of a "weekend" consisting of "stars."
The Ganapati Kulam's office building, the Media Studio, is undergoing more refinements with the help of shishyas Aditya Vinadhara and Jnanideva Cevel. The two will help for several weeks on our taskforce program.
The mighty Siddhidata Kulam are rounding up granite stones and moving them in place for the next batch of silpis who arrive in just a few weeks. The foundation of Iraivan is getting cleared for work, and that means moving some serious crate collections that have built up over the years. Luckily our monastic staff has forklifts, big-wheel trucks and gas-powered pressure washers to get the work done swiftly. Here's a small slideshow of their recent effort.
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