New quartzite walkway

Good mornafterevening, continuing the long tradition of replacing the old red concrete path around the monastery we replaced the old red concrete path by Bodhinatha's office with some brand new quartzite. Even though the process was very distressing for Mr. Path he was very happy to have it complete as he could finally fit in with his quartzite-laden friends. Additionally, if you were wondering, Quartzite is a hard, non-foliated metamorphic rock formed through tectonic compression of sandstone within orogenic belts. That definitely wasn't from wikipedia, monks are expert geologists by nature.
Aum!

New San Marga Gate

Aum Sivaya! You might want to reconsider reading today's post as it might be too powerful for mere mortals' minds. You have been warned! Today a fierce new fence and accompanying gate have been installed near the start of San Marga. With the new Iraivan Temple parking lot area now open to the public, this enchanted swamp green gate will keep the uninvited from gazing upon Iraivan's celestial glory. It took less than a day to construct this fence but its sturdy frame will allow it to resist our weather's potent power of dissolution. Hopefully soon these gates will open for you so that you might deliquesce in Iraivan's glory. Aum Aum Aum

Shiny New Avudaiyar

Aumloha! I hope this Tuesday has been better than all previous Tuesdays! It sure has been an incredible Tuesday for the 4600kg, 10,141.26lb bronze avudaiyar which has been in Iraivan Temple's sanctum for several years after being shipped here from India. It became discolored from the salty air during its ocean voyage. After trying several different methods for cleaning it, we've landed on one that works quite well. If you haven't seen already, we've attached some links for you to learn more about this amazing artifact!

https://youtu.be/X8ucfjbzOcI
https://www.himalayanacademy.com/blog/taka/2009/02/page/7/

Lunch Preparation in Progress

Here are a few photos from a recent lunch prep in the Aadheenam kitchen.
We have a extra abundance of tomatoes coming from the hydroponic greenhouse right now.

Pillaiyar Kulam Office Expansion

Bonjour all,

Today we will be visiting a thing that did not technically occur today, but in a way, you reading this right now is creating it today. Anyways!.. Work has begun on the Pillaiyar Kulam office expansion. The Pillayar Kulam is the group of monks who oversee the Mini Mela, magazine subscription, and much much more. The space has been quite tight for a long time so its great to see the building getting a much needed confidence boost. This building will accommodate current and future monks for many years to come. Aum

Rangoli in Kadavul

Greetings fellow Siva Bhaktars! Over the retreat we had an impromptu visit from a kolam artist named Divya. For those of you who don't know. Kolam is a traditional art form of South India in which multi-colored rice flower is used to draw elaborate, ephemeral arrangements in fronts of homes and temples. Divya created multiple kolams in and around Kadavul each increasing in complexity as she approached Nataraja. The design lasts for a day or so and can easily be cleaned as it is only made from rice flower. Aum!

Hanuman Bhaktar

Aum

We came across this devotee recently. He says he chants Hanuman Chalisa every day without fail. Always nice to see such a devoted bhaktar.
Aum Anjaneyaya Namah.

New Podcast Episode Recorded at the Monastery

Today two women from a spiritual podcast titled "Two Average Girls" came today and recorded an interview with Sadasivanathaswami. They brought all of their equipment and set up microphones and cameras in the media studio where the podcast took place. The woman to Sadasivanathaswami's right is Anne, the wife of Warren Owen, and the women to his left is Denise, who is a friend of the Owen's and frequent visitor to the monastery. They are good friends and their spiritual podcast is a regular activity of theirs. Denise lives in California and is on island with her husband. Dennis Wong, who does a lot of excavator work for the monastery, also does a lot of work for Warren, whose house the monks go to get coconuts for festivals. Kieth who builds fences for us, is Warren's property manager. It's amazing how connected people are here, it really is a small island. When the podcast is uploaded we might share it on TAKA so look out for that! Aum!

Special Delivery From Bengaluru

How does the One appear as two? We don't know, but what we do know is that some stunning stone murtis and lingams are on their way to Kauai along with the final stone shipments needed to complete Iraivan temple. All of them are carved by adept artisans from the same site where Iraivan's stones are crafted. These stone carved items will be put up for sale in the mini mela for anyone to buy.

New Year New Nartana Ritau

Everyone likes to have something new, how about having a happy new Year!

Today, the Sun moved into the sign of Mesha (Aries) which marks the beginning of a new year on many Indian calendars including those of South India.

For us it is the time for beginning our new spring season, the Nartana Ritau!

Nartana Ritau, the season of Dancing with Siva, begins on Tamil New Year. This is the period of creation, the warm season, from mid-April through mid-August. The key word of this season is planning. The colors are orange, yellow-gold and all shades of green-orange for renunciation, yellow-gold for action and green for regeneration.

High above, the main flag flies the color orange, heralding the Nartana Ritau throughout this season, symbolizing sadhana and self-control. The other colors adorn smaller flags. This is the season of giving special attention to those in the grihastha ashrama. It is a time of awakening, renewal, review. The emphasis is on seeing ahead, planning for future years. It is a time of planning retreats and other activities for youths and adults for the entire year.
The Saiva Dharma Shastras are studied; and any needed additions in supplementary manuals, representing new growth, are made. The practical focus is completion of unfinished projects. Secular holidays to observe among the families include Mother's Day in May, Father's Day in June and Grandparent's Day in August.

This season of harvest and new growth is also the time to review and reestablish picking and planting routines for the gardens. It is a time for ordering seeds and plants for the year, of planting trees, fragrant vines and the annual crop. Review is made for scheduling the care of all realms of the Aadheenam's acreage. Kadavul temple and the Guru Temple are cleaned and renewed during this season and the adjacent grounds receive special, abundant attention. Karma yogis are invited to help in this and other areas with planting and weeding, digging, fertilizing, fence repair and more. The daily sadhana is the Sivachaitanya Panchatantra: experiencing nada, jyoti, prana, bhakti and darshana. In Sanskrit, it is a time of learning new slokas and mantras. In the family community, prasnottara satsanga is held for one and all to attend. Families plan for their annual pilgrimage. Shrine rooms are renewed and redecorated for the year, and the clothing of all is renewed in the Hindu style of the current fashion. It is a time of doing things for others, religious outreach. It is a time of hatha yoga and philosophical teaching.

May your new year be filled with blessings, enjoy the photos of our monks raising the season's bright orange flag. Aum!

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