Top to bottom: Devotees gather in Kadavul Temple for the Skanda Shashti puja, performed by Sarvananathaswami and Natyam Mayuranatha; our newest brahmachari poses with Satguru after taking his Supplicant pre-monastic pledge and receiving his new name, Sivanadiyar Kanthanatha; members and students come forward for vibhuti blessings from Satguru in Malaysia; Sadasivanathaswami presents a gift of a wooden bowl to Kumu Kaeo during a monastic outing visit to Kaneiolouma, a recently discovered ancient Hawaiian village being renovated in Poipu; Jnanideva Cevel and Aditya Vinadhara at work installing the camphor-wood soffit on the Media Studio; Jayendra Puri Mahaswamiji enjoys a walk through the monastery’s rudraksha forest; Adi Srikantha, on Task Force for three months, shows off a freshly harvested Mauritian pumpkin; members of the Siddhidatta Kulam gather with recent Task Force volunteers (left to right): Aditya Vinadhara, Roshan Sivayogam, Adi Srikantha, Jnanideva Cevvel and Dean Drulias.
Iraivan Temple Report
At the Iraivan Temple carving site in Bengaluru, the stone carvers continue their diligent stonework, creating the perimeter wall. Here on Kauai the work on the landscaping around the temple continues. In November the last four exquisite black granite pitham bases for our larger-than-life-size guru statues were set into place along the “Path of the Saivite Gurus”—a meditation path next to the temple. This concluded an 18-year project including design, carving, shipping and final installation. The murtis will now sit for a thousand years, teaching about the prominent gurus of our lineage.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s Activities
On November 12th Satguru presented a webinar, “Stages of Unfoldment in Saiva Siddhanta, Part One,” for devotees around the planet. He also began a series of weekly talks based on the new Path to Siva book (now posted on our website) which is bringing lucid clarifications to key questions faced by Hindu youth, as well as adults. During the final two weeks of November, Satguru, accompanied by Shanmuganathaswami, made his annual visit to Singapore and Malaysia. They received an enthusiastic reception from hundreds of devotees, students, seekers and friends.
Sri Sri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamiji, successor of Sri Sri Tiruchi Mahaswamigal, visited the monastery in mid-November for three days. The Kauai monks enjoyed his warm spiritual presence, stories, wit and wisdom. Mahaswamiji is the head of Kailash Ashrama in Bengaluru, one of South India’s renowned religious institutions. Following the Sri Vidya tradition, the ashram’s grand temple enshrines Goddess Rajarajeswari. Two priests traveling with Mahaswamiji conducted a special homa to invoke blessings for success in our major projects. Their intense schedule then took them to mainland America and the UK.
Publications and Other Activities
Our free Spiritual Workout App is now available on Google Play as well as Apple’s App Store. On November first, a year-end Digital Dharma fund-raising drive was begun on our websites to fund the further development of digital content in 2017. At the beginning of November, the monks celebrated the final day of Skanda Shasthi with an abhishekam to Lord Skanda in Kadavul Temple. During the ceremony, Namrata Ragade of Oregon received Mantra Diksha from Satguru, pledging to chant the Panchakshara mantra 108 times each day without fail. Following the abhishekam, Brahmachari Raguram was given the new monastic name Kanthanatha, as well as a japa mala and a “Namah Sivaya” bracelet. Kanthanatha will continue his training in the monastery until he is ready to take his Postulant vows. In November we had a record number of Task Force volunteers in residence. Aditya Vinadhara of Utah and Jnanideva Cevvel of Edmonton, Canada, installed tongue-and-groove camphor boards on the soffit of the recently renovated Media Studio. Roshan Sivayogam of Malaysia worked on landscaping and gardening projects. Adi Srikantha of Utah/Washington, here for a full three months, is helping the monks with repairing, maintaining and upgrading our agricultural equipment. Dean Drulias of California spent the month giving fresh energy to our landscaping, noni production, MiniMela gift shop and helping in the Media Studio with publications and web posts. Thanks to them all! The monastery’s “Wailua River Noni Juice,” grown organically on our Himalayan Acres farm and processed by the monks, is into its second bottling. The Down to Earth health food stores on Oahu are now holding demonstration samplings of the juice at all four of their locations. We have planted an additional 520 noni trees, in part replacing some that were not doing well. In the next two to three years these new trees will greatly increase our fruit production. In November, the farm hosted Tyler Jones, manager of the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center’s Maunawili Substation, which was the source of seedlings for our eight-acre Koa plantation.