Over the retreat, Sannyasin Yoginathaswami and Nirvani Tejadevanatha took the siplis and Chinnu to the north shore to visit the beach. Beforehand they visited an American icon that the silpis deeply enjoy — Walmart, where they spend happy hours. It was a perfect, sunny day to visit the ocean. Even the oft rainy Halanei area was nice and dry. Aum.
Here's a group from one of our weekly tour days. This day saw over 100 people, awed and inspired by their adventure through the Aadheenam's natural beauty and mystical artistry. Here they pose by the Sipli Pavilion before heading over to Iraivan Temple to see how it is carved, firsthand.
Recently the siplis enjoyed and outing to the southern shore of our island with Nirvani Tejadevanatha and Yogi Dayanatha. The day's adventure was a hike along the Maha'ulepu cliff sides ad beach. The cliffs are ancient sand dunes that have been hardened and compacted into limestone ledges and cliffs. Over time the ocean has worn them away, making for some interesting rock formations to explore.
Over the retreat, Yogi Dayanatha and Nirvani Tejadevanatha took the siplis to the south of the island to hike along the Maha'ulepu Trail. The trail takes you along some beautiful cliff sides and leads towards the Makauwahi Cave Trial. Everyone had a chance to explore the archaeologically and geologically important Makauwahi Cave and then visit the nearby tortoise reserve.
Recently the aadheenam enjoyed a visit from students of the Kauai High School. While here they enjoyed a tour of Iraivan Temple and our tropical gardens. For many, this was their first time visiting the temple. Aum.
Aum Namah Sivaya
While here, our team of silpis have been enjoying a variety of outings, to experience different parts of Kauai. Lately they have having fun going on hikes and getting their fill of the island's world-renowned beauty. This hike took them to one of Kauai's many hidden streams and waterfalls. Aum
Recently the Kauai Visitor Channel's series "Down to Earth" (not the store) requested do make a short, lighthearted video about our Noni operation. They've regularly cover tourist activities on the island, but have also begun covering more of the island's homegrown businesses and agricultural initiatives. Aum.
A view of our sacred mountain today. The rolling rains clouds have brought us thunder and many glistening waterfalls which shine from Waialeale.
Aum Namah Sivaya
We've recently observed an interesting happening at the aadheenam. Out front of Kadavul Temple has long sat a rather lovely piece of volcanic glass which was gifted to the monastery many years ago. Several weeks ago it was stolen and has not returned. Word (and misinformation) has spread, and we have had a few frantic calls from our island Kama'aina who have thought that it was the large 700 pound crystal that was gone. So to everyone we would like to say, don't worry, the Crystal Lingam is more than safe. Aum.
The biggest donor to Iraivan is? Guess what? The Rudraksha Tree! Each month the Wailua Mission prepares the rudraksha beads grown on San Marga for sale. The proceeds from the Mini-Mela go to the Iraivan temple. We just had "Rudraksha Day" on July 27th.
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