Our Shaman Visitor

Paramacharya Sivanathaswami stands next to Alejandro Ceveriano Carrillo, our Shaman priest who visited yesterday. Alejandro is a medicine man of the Wixaritari people, Sierra Madre, Mexico. He visited our island of Kauai to leave offerings to the fire, wind, Mother Earth, and restore balance to the elements. Alehandro’s insight into the monastery were divine, saying “This is the origins and home of God Siva.”

The Huichol or Wixaritari are Native Americans living in the Sierra Madre Occidental range in the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas and Durango. They are best known to the larger world as the Huichol, however they refer to themselves as the Wixaritari or “the people,” in their native Huichol language.

Kadavul Temple Sightings

The monastery has been receiving some unusual visitors these past few days. An American Indian from the Dakota tribe payed his respects followed by a Shaman priest. Along with culturally rich visitors, the head priest of Kadavul temple found a 5 leaf bilva and placed it on the 700lb spatika Sivalingam.

Ganesha looks his best during today’s hours of public worship.

Gurudeva On Canvas

The monks have just received a new painting of Gurudeva from one of our artist devotees in Arizona.

*Edit! There’s actually a lot more to this painting then we were aware of yesterday. The monks talked with the artist this morning and found out it was our dear friend Natalie Levin from Tucson, Arizona. The original painting goes back a few years and a number of prints were made, we received one of those prints back from someone recently.

The photos below share the 2004 unboxing and presentation from Natalie to monks:

And here is and earlier photo of Gurudeva with Jim Levin, Natalie’s husband:

Monastery Entry Sign

One of the most recent additions to the monastery is this grand new entry sign welcoming people upon arrival. For scale you can see the older sign below the large one, most definitely an improvement.

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