Each week we enjoy having a group of visitors come to the monastery to learn of and discover our sacred temples and gardens. On tour day, our Wailua Mission members do a wonderful job of hosting our guests, giving them a history of our aadheenam and leading the group along our many planted pathways. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Aum Namah Sivaya,
We've recently received these professional photos detailing our new Sadasiva murti. These images were taken just before He was shipped to Kauai.
Last week the large bronze stanchions were bolted to the silpi pavilion platform in order to support the weight of three massive stone chains. Recently, Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami, Acharya Kumarnathaswami, Kanda Alahan and Taskforcer Yajatadeva worked together to install the chains around the pavilion.
Our September 2019 video covers events in September and early October including monks' recent travels, our resident taskforcers, our progress on our new greenhouse, and an Iraivan Temple construction update.
Aum Namah Sivaya
Our 2019 Mahasamadhi celebrations are coming up soon and we're happy to report we've received a timely shipment of beautiful cloth garlands for the many murtis around the property. The garland had been made for us in India. Upon their arrival the garlands were laid out and organized by taskforcers Arinien and Yajatadeva. The two of them then set about to place them all around the aadheenam. Here are some photos of how things are looking. Aum.
It was in June, 2009, when the team from Michael Kramer's Gilding Studio came to Kauai to put the gold leaf on Iraivan. At that time they trained our members on how it was done. We also gilded the statue of Gurudeva at the same time. He has been sitting in Kadavul temple for 10 years. Flowers, malas, fingers touching his feet... all this gradually wore the gold leaf away. Kulapati Deva Seyon and Tandu Sivanathan having taken on the task of re-gilding him.
"It's very simple: the energy within our body is the same energy that pervades the universe, and it's all emanating right out of Lord Siva." -Gurudeva
Our monks will soon be entering their two-day retreat, and we're using that time to upgrade our server. So that means you might not see any new posts until the 25th. Hope you have a wonderful few days! Aum Namah Sivaya.
Recently a new canvas scroll, measuring 36" by 96," was installed on the redwood wall in the Guru Peedam. The canvas displays Gurudeva's chakras in the Shum language and simple illustrations for each chakra with its corresponding color, number of petals, bija sound and geometric shape.
From bottom to top they are:
1) The first of the primary chakras, named muladhara in Sanskrit; 2) attribute— memory, time, space; 3) located at the base of the spine; 4) color—red; planet— Mercury; element—earth; sense—smell; petals—four; pañchakshara mantra letter—na; 5) the pranayama associated with this chakra is to breathe in two short breaths through the nose and out two short breaths through the mouth; this can be done in preparation for the meditation or also while walking fast and swinging the arms.
1) The second chakra, named svadhishthana in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—reason; 3) located at the navel; 4) color—reddish orange; planet—Venus; element— water; sense—taste; petals—six; pañchakshara mantra letter—ma.
1) The third chakra, named manipura in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—willpower; 3) located at the solar plexus; 4) color—yellow amber; planet—Mars; element—fire; sense—sight; petals—ten; pañchakshara mantra letter—Si.
1) The fourth chakra, named anahata in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—direct cognition; 3) located at the heart; 4) this chakra is the resting place; 5) color—smokey green; planet—Jupiter; element—air; sense—touch; petals—twelve; pañchakshara mantra letter—va.
1) The fifth chakra, named vishuddha in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—divine love; 3) located at the throat; 4) it is here where magical powers exist, and it is here that the past is dissolved and the vision of a positive, productive future is revealed; 5) color—smokey purple blue; planet—Saturn; element—ether; sense—hearing; petals—sixteen; pañchakshara mantra letter—ya.
1) The sixth chakra, named ajña in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—divine sight; 3) located at the third eye (between the two physical eyes); 4) relates to language and speech; 5) it is the area of the mind where, through the third eye, mystics can scan the universe; 6) it is the area where past, present and future are seen as one; 7) it is the third eye that sees all, for it is within all at every point in time; 8) only when the awareness moves into this chakra do the two petals open from deep within the chakra above, and divine sight comes; 9) color—lavender; planet—Uranus; element—mahatattva; sense— intuition; petals—two; the aum of the pañchakshara mantra.
1) The seventh chakra, named sahasrara in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—illumination; 3) located at the crown of the head; 4) in the area of the mind of the sahasrara chakra in full bloom, a radiant display of lights of various pastel colors is seen; 5) it is mystically seen extending above the head as a thousand-petaled lotus made of quantums of light particles; 6) this center of divine, actinic force holds the intelligence of the inner and outer bodies; 7) its center holds the secrets of divine sight; 8) the door to the universe; 9) color—gold; planet—Neptune; element/ sense—void; petals—one thousand and eight.
Please enjoy this recently released video about the monastery by Karolina Goswami. She, her husband and her young son had visited the monastery last year and interviewed some of our monks. We provided them with some quad copter footage which you'll see here. In case you're wondering, she plans to adjust the title which isn't inclusive of all of our monks.
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