Quiet Days

The monks are busy doing their pujas, chores and sadhana. The rain has slowed to a cautious pace. As the monks enter a two day break from our normal seva we will use our energy to work in other areas of the Aadheenam. Fermented noni fruit will be pressed into liquid, more elaborate meals will be cooked, plants will be planted and some of us can be found meditating long into the night. Aum, see you next phase.

Spontaneous Winter Squash

The monastery pumpkin patch magically grew two giant butternut squashes recently and were harvested for a delicious dinner.

Not much news has been covering the monastery but all is well. It is cold and rainy as monks work around flash floods, fallen trees and cold cold nights. The seva must go on.

Monday is for Ganesha


Start your work week off right by blending your mind with Ganesha's. Use persistence, compassion and a little push to move life forward.

"Prayer and sacrifice are means to philosophy and spiritual life. While true sacrifice is the abandonment of one's ego, prayer is the exploration of reality by entering the beyond that is within, by ascension of consciousness. It is not theoretical learning. We must see the eternal, the celestial, the still. If it is unknowable and incomprehensible, it is yet realisable by self-discipline and integral insight. We can seize the truth not by logical-thinking, but by the enrgy of our whole inner being. Prayer starts with faith, with complete trust in the Being to whom appeal is made, with the feeling of a profound need, and a simple faith that God can grant us benefits and is well disposed towards us. When we attain the blinding experience of the spiritual light, we feel compelled to proclaim a new law for the world." Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Kadavul Musician

During the open hours of public worship, Kadavul Temple received an offering from Abhinav Ayalur who used a saxaphone to produce an Indian-style raga. Abhinav played Nadalo Ludai, Vaatapi Ganapati, Mahavyalakin and Siva Shambo.

Our Shaman Visitor

Paramacharya Sivanathaswami stands next to Alejandro Ceveriano Carrillo, our Shaman priest who visited yesterday. Alejandro is a medicine man of the Wixaritari people, Sierra Madre, Mexico. He visited our island of Kauai to leave offerings to the fire, wind, Mother Earth, and restore balance to the elements. Alehandro's insight into the monastery were divine, saying "This is the origins and home of God Siva." The Huichol or Wixaritari are Native Americans living in the Sierra Madre Occidental range in the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas and Durango. They are best known to the larger world as the Huichol, however they refer to themselves as the Wixaritari or "the people," in their native Huichol language.

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