The Gardens’ 2020 Vision
The Gardens’ team is focusing their mission to preserve for this and future generations The Spirit of Aloha Botanical Gardens in the Oceanfront Valley of the keali’I stream on Maui’s north shore. They are restoring the historic Taro Lo’i , and promoting Hawaiian plant based horticulture and nutrition. They are dedicated to being a model of how a small group can work together to accomplish beautiful and brilliant results. Their vision includes doing their part in averting climate change and the health care crises. Working with kindred organizations, The Gardens are assisting in Maui’s shift toward Plant Based Nutrition by 2020. We offer Hawaiian Schools and students are participating in this effort and in stewarding the Lo’i.
The Gardens goal is to be food and energy independent, as well as being financially sustainable by providing services that fulfill its mission. The Gardens entire 11 acre valley is maintained organically, with no pesticides herbicides or poisons used.
The Gardens host programs that promote Hawaiian Plant Based Horticulture and Nutrition. These programs also share tools for living in The Spirit of Aloha by aligning with Natures Organizing Principles. Delicious meals include homegrown organic ingredient for: taro burgers, breadfuit French fries, vegetable and fruit salads, and homegrown coconut/banana/pineapple ice cream. Some of The Gardens programs are digitally recorded for sharing on Public Television Networks, and on their educational website: www.TheGardens.org
The Gardens are stewarded by a volunteer team of Nature Guardians. Nature Guardians choose to dedicate their lives to preserving Nature and the biodiversity of its ecosystems. They see God as Nature and their service to Nature as worship. This gives them deep experience that inspires their hard work.
Nature Guardians choose to live simply and close to Nature. They choose Plant based Nutrition. Nature Guardians choose a life of nonviolence and service. Their goal is to leave Planet Earth in better condition than when they found it.
They regularly practice nature-based art such as Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, and Hula. These are integrated into their service through mindful living. Nature Guardians generally embrace a lifestyle that is joyously free of: Dairy, eggs, fish, poultry, meat, tobacco, alcohol, and harmful drugs.
Nature Guardians align with nature organizing principles of: Ha’aha’a- Humility, Ahonui – Tolerance, Ihi – Respect, Laulima – Cooperation, Kuleana – Responsibility, Ma’alahi – Simplicity, Pono – Honesty, Hauoli – Happiness, Aloha – Love, Maluhia – Peace, Noa – Freedom, and Lokahi – Unity. These are the core values of The Spirit of Aloha. Nature Guardians often choose to form teams with kindred souls with similar missions. The synergy of their combined efforts to accomplish mutual goals yields them a deep fulfillment.
Nature Guardians are dedicated to preserving balance in Nature. As such they are concerned with the consequences of overpopulation and climate change. Often, Nature Guardians choose to dedicate themselves to a nature mission rather than have their own children. Some embrace a path of celibacy. Others choose to express their physical affections with safety and protections.
Nature Guardians derive inspiration from the accomplishments of orders from varied traditions such as:
• The Hindu Missions of The Holy Sannyas Order the world’s most ancient order of Monks. These Sannyasis dedicate their lives to the service of humanity, such as the missions of Swami Vivekananda, Swami Sivananda and Swami Satchidananda.
• The Jewish Missions of the Essenes.
• The Christian missions of Saint Francis, Saint Damian, Saint Teresa, Thomas Mertin as well as the Shaker Communities.
• The Islamic Missions of the Sufis.
• The Buddhist Missions of The Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Monasteries.
• The missions of many who lived dedicated lives outside of any order such as women’s rights leader, Susan B. Anthony and non violent wisdom leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Rev. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and many more whose service for human, animal & ecological rights are an inspiration of the Nature Guardians.
Bio: Fredrick Swaroop Honig.
Rev. Fredrick Swaroop Honig, AKA Swami Swaroopananda, is a Nature Guardian, and a leading exponent of Plant Based Nutrition and of Nada Yoga, the Science of Meditation. Swaroop was ordained in 1977 by the acclaimed Integral Yoga Master and Ecumenical leader, Sri Swami Satchidananda who was ordained in 1949 by the renowned Sri Swami Sivananda, Founder of The Divine Life Society and The All-World Religions Federation. For twenty years, starting at age 21, Swaroop lived, studied, taught and served as a monastic member of Satchidananda Ashrams and Integral Yoga Institutes. During this period he played key roles in Inter-faith programs and in the design and construction of The Light Of Truth Universal Shrine, LOTUS.
For over 18 years, Swaroop served in the establishment The Spirit of Aloha Temple, Botanical Gardens and Bird Sanctuary on the north shore of Maui. The Gardens are dedicated to living in harmony with Nature, through alignment with its 12 Organizing Principles. The Gardens are a living classroom for sustainable organic horticulture and delicious plant based nutrition. To tour The Gardens is to experience a deeper appreciation and understanding of Nature.
Thank you for any input or support you would offer on this Hawaii 2020 Vision. We invite you to email us at: Info@thegardens.org And to visit us online at: www.TheGardens.Org
Mahalo Nui Loa!!
Fredrick Swaroop Honig
An Aloha Anthem
Our Country tis of Thee,
Sweet Land of Liberty,
Of Thee, We Sing;
Land where Our Fathers died,
Lands of Our Pilgrims Pride,
From Ev’ry Mountainside
Let Freedom Ring!
We Pledge Our Harmony,
With One Ecology,
Living in Peace,
Filled with Diversity,
Aloha for One and All!
Our Fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may Our Land be Bright,
With Freedom’s Holy Light,
Protect Us by Thy Might,
Great God our King.
Ah Ah Lo Ha.
Ya Ah Ho Va,
Ya Ah Ho Va,
Ah Ah Ah La,
Ah Ah Ah La,
Ah Ah Lo Ha,
Ah Ah Lo Ha.