As the monks enter into a retreat we leave behind our wandering weeks in the early morning hours and begin a new three-month period or ritau. Enjoy this timelapse made by one of the monks and appreciate Siva’s Land with us while we enter a new phase. In the days ahead we will have a flag-raising ceremony to usher in this new ritau.
During Mahasamadhi 2017, we had some of our photography members go around with their camaras and get a lay of the land. Here are some updated photos of Iraivan's landscape.
Our head groundskeeper and land manager Doug Noggle has built the monastery a new sign for the Saiva Satguru path. Doug has been doing masonry for several decades.
The monastery has collected some photos of the weekly tour group.
During these few weeks of Sadhua Paksha, the monastics have been enjoying a different morning routine. Instead of their usual group Siva puja and meditation they are rising before the sun to wander through nature and perform their sadhana. Here are a few images from their wanderings.
The sacred garden, like life, is always full of surprises. Sometimes a family of pigs bring a surprise of devastation, sometimes a gnarly vine brings a surprise of flowery show. Today four surprises came to us. And none was of the porcine kind.
Today was a bit of history-making at the monastery. After more than seven years of sculpting and molding and casting and welding work by artists and artisans, and blessed by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's presence, we installed the life-size bronze statues of Gurudeva and V. Ganapati Sthapati in their final places just 150 feet north of Iraivan Temple.
At 12:38 the arati commenced and at 12:42 the stainless steel bolts were lowered into the granite stone, a time we are told when Jupiter was just rising on the Eastern horizon.
This is the fulfillment of one of Gurudeva's sweetest visions, to give pride of place to the creators of the temple, those who envisioned it, designed it and those who patiently chipped away at the hard rock for almost thirty years now. The main statues are now complete and in the days and weeks ahead will be added to the oval platform, with a goal to have them all positioned for another special ceremony to be held during this year's Mahasamadhi celebrations.
Standing on this center stone, Gurudeva is sharing his vision of Siva's Temple in Hawaii with his architect, India's finest. The architect is bowing before the satguru, his hands held in the traditional mudra of humility which South Indians assume before kings and holy gurus. Under his left arm, he holds the architectural plans for Iraivan.
With the monks and members present and Dennis Wong lifting with the back-hoe, these two took their positions for the next thousand years, so that future pilgrims might have a glimpse of how the temple was manifest on a tiny island in the far Pacific Ocean. AUM NAMA SIVAYA! SIVAYANAMA AUM!
As our CyberCadets know, the Iraivan Temple Builders' Memorial is proceeding this summer. Above is the latest work, three pieces that arrived from Loveland, Colorado. In the captions we tell the happenings of the last few days.
The three bronzes that make up the next masterwork from the hand of Holly Young and the studio of Bobby and Kathy Page are crated up and will head today for Kauai. Several months in the making, this remarkable three-part diorama is truly amazing. Bobby sent these photos from Colorado this morning so we can all celebrate their journey to Kauai Aadheenam.
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