A miraculous happening in Siva’s Sacred Garden this morning. A giant orchid (for the botanists out there it is officially Grammatophyllum scriptum, var. citrinum), has bloomed as never before. It has been in this tree for some 15 years and bloomed in a minor way in the past. But today it is in full glory, with 35 long spikes, each with a couple of hundred lemon-colored flowers. Hence the name “Citrinum,” for citrus. Seeing it makes a pilgrim marvel at Siva’s Creation.
During the 2019 Sri Lanka Innersearch, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami along with the Innersearch pilgrims from around the world, planted trees at our Sri Subramuniya Temple in Alaveddy.
Satguru gracefully planted the first sandalwood tree. Following that, another sixty-three trees, representing the sixty-three Saivite saints, were planted by the pilgrims.
These trees were planted around the temple property to create a lush green border. They all are growing tall and happy with new shoots of healthy and wide heart-shaped shining leaves. Thank you very much for your blessings Satguru!
Some 20 years ago we planted a Red Jade Vine out near the top of the Path of the Satguru's, near where Chelleppaswami's murti sits today. This week it is in magnificent bloom, and is a must-see. It will continue to get bigger each year. Also, our Yellow Jade Vine (quite rare) is in bloom.
Today we take a closer look at our Shadkonam Garden and its many wonderful plants. While this is a smaller garden it's still full of a vast variety of wondrous plants, most of which prefer semi-arid conditions. Shadkonam is an ancient Hindu sacred symbol, the intertwining of Siva and Shakti. It is also the symbol for air and Vayu, the God of Air. Vayu rules the Northwest corner of any vastu space, so of course, has a presence here in relation to the temple.
Aum Namah Sivaya
Today our camera-monk takes us out to Iraivan Temple for this week's update of the progress going on there. right now the next layers of the temple steps are being placed and the lavarock plinth is getting higher and higher. Also, join us for a quick detour into our Sacred Gardens.
In order to give future visitors some more detailed background about Rishi Tirumular, we've recently done some work on the small, long-standing pavilion nearby his statue. This pavilion has been empty for some time and Kauai's weather had been taking its toll. Still, with a strong foundation and intact beams, all it needed was some new roofing and something to put inside. After finishing the new roof, we added a large poster which gives details about this great rishi, his life and teachings. Look for it next time you find yourself at Kauai Aadheenam! Aum Namah Sivaya
"Nobody knows exactly the eternal and transcendental abode of Lord Śiva. He enshrines Himself within the heart of all those who are able to identify His supreme plane of existence. He is ever present there without losing His all-pervasive nature. If the sādhaka is able to realize His vibrant presence in the minute space of his heart, He could become Śiva Himself at once." -Tirumantiram
Musings from Siva's Garden
The morning moon glides above Iraivan Temple.
"God is with you all the time. There is no work to be done. Move in conformity with changes within your environment. Be steadfast in truth. Natural forces are countless. Be you, your own self, while at the same time recognizing all these. That is wisdom. We do not do anything. Everything happens of its own accord." - Yogaswami
Aum Namah Sivaya,
This week and the next, the monks are observing their Sadhu Paksha retreat, which happens to be quieter than usual due to the monastery being fully closed to visitors. Nonetheless, our monastics are observing a more free-flowing morning routine and trying to get out and enjoy the the beauty of our tropical environment. Aum Namah Sivaya.
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