2001, 75th Jayanthi Talk, Part 3

A beautiful telling of Gurudeva's life accomplishments: "I am seventy-five years of age now and when I was twenty-two years of age, Satguru Yogaswami gave me some whispers in the ear, very confidential. But he said, 'Go back to America and build bridges, feed thousands. You will build palaces.' I was very young then, I didn't know. I didn't know that a palace is a kovil, meaning a temple!"

Unedited Transcript:

I am seventy-five years of age now and when I was twenty-two years of age, Satguru Yogaswami gave me some whispers in the ear, very confidential. But he said, "Go back to America and build bridges, feed thousands. You will build palaces." I was very young then, I didn't know. What? Building a bridge from Sri Lanka to America? Building palaces? I didn't know that a palace is a kovil, meaning a temple.

Now at seventy-five years of age, I can look back and see that the bridge from Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, India leads to Kauai Aadheenam. From Canada, the United States, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Germany, England and all the European countries leads to Kauai Aadheenam, the beautiful island of healing. The beautiful island where pure Saivism is maintained by all the Swamis, Yogis, Sadhakas and devotees that live here and have been here over thirty years with me serving through 'Hinduism Today', through all the publications explaining Saiva Siddhanta to the modern world.

At this very auspicious time, we must all come together very closely. We must pray to Lord Murugan that the ceasefire that was called by Parakum in Sri Lanka manifests peace talks, so that a win-win situation can occur between the two parties involved, the Sri Lankan government and the Tamilian people represented by Prabhakaran. Peace can come to this beautiful garden island, which is needed in the world today, not as a place to be withdrawn from by conflict but as a place to be visited and pilgrimaged to, for upliftment of the soul of all the Tamilians and all the Saivites of the world.

We invoke Lord Murugan to forgive all the sins of the past, that has created this conflict, lived through this conflict and to use His Divine powers along with Lord Ganesha and Lord Siva to create a paradise. A beautiful paradise in Sri Lanka, in Mauritius, in Kauai, this beautiful garden island where we exist as Kauai Aadheenam. These three islands are places of pilgrimage, places of peace, places where we can see our future bright, wonderful and fulfilling.