Garden Fireworks

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.

A Growing Shadkonam Garden

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.

Iraivan Temple Update – June 26th

Aum Namah Sivaya, Today we bring you a quick update of the progress on Iraivan Temple's lavarock wall and the front stairway, along with a photographic tour along the path of the satgurus. Both of these areas of temple construction are progressing quickly. The lavarock on the east side is almost at full height and the front stairway only has one more step to go! Aum.

Iraivan’s Steps, a Lavarock Plinth and Pretty Plants

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.

An Upgrade for Tirumular

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

The Patterns of Plants

Musings from Siva's Garden

The World is a Wondrous Place

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

Sadhu Paksha

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.

A Walk Around the Aadheenam

With the recent rains subsiding, it's a great time to get out and enjoy the lush natural beauty of Kauai Aadheenam. Let's see who we come across along the way.

"Just go about and do your work. Enjoy the beauty of the world! See yourself everywhere. That is the greatest secret!" Yogaswami

Temple Builders’ Pavilion

The evolution of the Temple Builders' Pavilion continues. This first image shows it before the three stone chains were installed as handrails, and also before today's black stone frame was installed. It is getting close to perfection! Yet, it was also perfect as it evolved, no?

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