Many Forms of Siva
Kauai's Hindu Monastery Blog
by Simon
1d ago
Gurudeva would often tell us that "Siva is coming today, in some of His many forms." He saw each visitor as Siva in yet another form. Today we share some of Siva's forms. Visitors from Canada and a local group called the Master Gardeners of Kauai. One of the Master Gardeners recorded some of the stories shared by Sadasivanathaswami. It's a bit long, 32 minutes, but has some interesting insights into the magic land Gurudeva created. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9v4xBAb5A8 ..read more
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The Evolution of Consciousness, Part One
Kauai's Hindu Monastery Blog
by EditorSR
3d ago
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly upadesha in Kadavul Temple at Kauai’s Hindu Monastery in Hawaii. It is part of a series of talks elaborating on the inspired teachings of Satguru Śivaya Subramuniyaswami as found in his book Merging With Śiva. “In mystic cosmology, the seven lokas, or upper worlds, correspond to the seven higher chakras. The seven talas, or lower worlds, correspond to the chakras below the base of the spine. Man is thus a microcosm of the universe, or macrocosm. The spine is the axis of his being, as Mount Meru is the axis of the world, and the fourteen chakras ..read more
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Serving the Dharmic Religions #2 – Jainism
Kauai's Hindu Monastery Blog
by admin
5d ago
Over the last year, our publications team in Kauai has been quietly working on a sizable side project sponsored by the Uberoi Foundation. The project is intended to assist in the presentation of the four Dharmic faiths, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, as per the foundation’s goal. This particular video is meant to teach the Jain religion in California 6th grade social studies classes. The Jain Center of Southern California (JCSC) located in Buena Park, California, is a non-profit religious organization to pursue a goal of practicing, promoting and preserving the Jain religion. Started ..read more
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Hibiscus Transplanting
Kauai's Hindu Monastery Blog
by Simon
1w ago
Out near Hanuman and the rudraksha grove lies a huge pile of dirt brought in by the state project due to widening the main road. We are hoping their team can push the dirt south into the pasture so we have room to work on the parking lot preparations. There is a berm behind this pile with 200 feet of hibiscus planted, so we spent two mornings to transplant nearly 70 plants to another location near the monastery main buildings. Now the space is cleared for the dirt pile to be moved over ..read more
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Rudrakshas Arrive from Nepal
Kauai's Hindu Monastery Blog
by Simon
1w ago
Nepal is the major supplier of Rudraksha beads to the world, and we did a feature story about that in Hinduism Today last fall. The story was told by journalist and photographer Nikki Tapar, who flew to the valley where most of the trees are grown to discover the amazing details for the feature article. For instance, did you know that the sale of the beads represents fully 6% of the nation's Gross National Product? Or that a single bead sold at auction for $84,000? Since we have the West's only Rudraksha Forest here at the monastery, we have a special interest in the trees and their fruits ..read more
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Spinning Wheels of Consciousness, Part Four
Kauai's Hindu Monastery Blog
by EditorSR
1w ago
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly upadesha in Kadavul Temple at Kauai’s Hindu Monastery in Hawaii. It is part of a series of talks elaborating on the inspired teachings of Satguru Śivaya Subramuniyaswami as found in his book Merging With Śiva. “The same cyclical pattern of development in human history is evident even more clearly in the growth of the individual. In the seven cycles of a man’s life, beginning at the time of his birth, his awareness automatically flows through one of these chakras and then the next one, then the next and then the next, provided he lives a pure lif ..read more
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Through the Lens – Kauai Aadheenam
Kauai's Hindu Monastery Blog
by Simon
1w ago
Om Namah Shivaya We recently received another set of photos from Rajen, who is currently here from Mauritius. He's been exploring around the Aadheenam, taking photos here and there. Enjoy ..read more
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Showing our Taskforcer Some of the South Side
Kauai's Hindu Monastery Blog
by Simon
2w ago
We took SSC sishya and current taskforcer Rajen Manick out to see some more of Kauai, this time a oceanside walk in the area around Shipwreck's Beach in Koloa/Poipu. Stunning vistas awaited, and Rajen practiced his photography ..read more
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TAYUMANAVAR POEM
Kauai's Hindu Monastery Blog
by Simon
2w ago
We have just finished our second pass through the 1,454 songs of Tayumanavar, a task that took almost daily sessions of two hours for over a year. Yea! To celebrate, we offer you one of the songs in our English and also in the original Tamil. Plus a BEFORE/AFTER slider of one of the ten works of art our Kerala muralist completed for the project. This will give insight into the process from idea to sketch to final color on canvas. Just move the slider right and left. CANTO FIFTY-FIVE அகவல் The Call Song 1 O perfection-fullness that came in guru's form, filled with knowledge supreme and r ..read more
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Chellappaswami Temple Renovation
Kauai's Hindu Monastery Blog
by Simon
2w ago
Jai Kailasa Parampara! We recently received a note and these photos from Rishi Thondunathan. Utilizing a donation from the Aadheenam, Sri Lankan craftsmen renovated the small shrine to Chellappaswami (the location of his hut) which is near Nallur Temple. "With your kind contribution, we were able to renovate the Chellappa Swami Temple in Nallur. We replaced the marble tiles in the shrine with granite, repaired the walls and painted the temple. Additionally, we replaced the old pictures of the Guru Parampara with new ones. Thank you so much for your love and generosity. Enclosed are a few pi ..read more
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