A small Saiva Siddhanta Church ladies retreat is taking place on Kauai for a week
After six months in the Supplicancy, which included a month sitting by the wall and begging entrance. Mayuran passed his review by the senior monastics and has been accepted as a full monastic into Kauai's Hindu Monastery. Today the monks gathered to witness his vow taking. Through this process he becomes a Postulant. His name is now Sadhaka Mayuranatha. This is always a joyous occasion for the new monastic and a great day for the monastic order. Jai Mayuranatha!
Some of the other sadhaka shaved his head last night. Today he receives his ear-rings.
The ladies retreat began today. In the morning they had a class with Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami. Then in the afternoon they had a class with Sivakatirswami on our sacred songs program and then with Yoginathaswami on garland making. These garlands will be used in the Ardra Darshanam Puja on the 8th.
- A beautiful and thoughtful piece on "The Joy of Quiet" and the importance of regularly getting away from the screen. http://t.co/P2Oj8XSh #
- Here is your Kauai Aadheenam mushroom of the day. http://t.co/RMRIwtVn #
- A premonastic returns from the river after the elder sadhakas have shaven his head. He will take his vows tomorrow. http://t.co/A9l0l9R8 #
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Sivakatirswami's father, Luke Batdorf and two sisters, Carelle Dwyer (in pink) and Erika Batdorf (in blue) are visiting. The sisters have not seen their brother for 35 years. It's a big day for the family. Luke is a retired consultant in the cognitive processes of learning and cross cultural training and lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. Carelle is a registered nurse in New Hampshire. Erika is a theater artist and professor of dramatic arts at York University in Toronto, (see her site http://www.batdorf.org).