Each month the mathavasi of Kauai Aadheenam get together and perform a group outreach sadhana called Iraivan Day. The other 3 weekends of the month is Siddhidata day where we all work outside together. However on Iraivan day we work inside on everything Iraivan Temple related. Here is a quick look at what we have been doing for decades.
Today Char Ravelo, founder of Inspiration magazine on Kauai and major force in the Leadership Kauai movement, brought 16 of the island's young leaders to the monastery today. They are the 2017 graduates of a year-long leadership training program, but already they are the movers and shakers of the island. Who are they? Directors of the Wilcox Hospital development program, aide to our community college chancellor, managers of programs at the Pacific Missile Range (five of them), supervisors of Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (our electric company), educators, government/county council staff and more.
It was a rainy day, fully two inches during the morning, so all stayed in the Media Studio to "talk story" about how the monastery operates, how it is funded, what Gurudeva saw as the most effective leadership skills and, slowly, the conversation turned to the within, to meditation, to living in the eternal now, to millennials and the SBNR trend, to the difference between spiritual and religious and such. It was a sweet and amazingly open gathering. For all but Char, whom we have known for decades, this was the first visit to the monastery, though a few live just down the street.
With the Nartana Ritau in full swing our sacred gardens have woken up to the fact that winter is over. All the many flowers have started blooming again! We take a short walk and snap a photo of as many as we can find. And oh did we find a lot! It's hard to image just how many we would find if we had explored the whole aadheenam, but it would be tons. To be clear, you won't get the names of all the plants you see in this post, as that information is kept in the mind of another monk, but we can still enjoy all the pretty colors together!
"God speaks through flowers as well as through the tongue of man." - Siva Yogaswami
The monks have officially ended their routine Sun One homa that went on for decades and now perform a simple Siva puja with local members. Satguru gives a talk at the end of the puja.
April news video reporting on events in May, 2017. A massive temple stone has been moved into the site of the Bronze Memorial; bronze sculptures continue to be crafted in Loveland, Colorado; Iraivan's silver naga was placed into the sanctum of the temple, the future site of the svayambhu Sivalingam; our newest John Deere tractor arrived and is ready to start hauling, cutting and pulling its own weight around here. Aloha and Namaste.
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