Only six days left before our monastic staff departs for Innersearch. They will be flying to Malaysia for an event on the 12th and then off to Cambodia.
After the Innersearch in India is completed the monks will be conducting a number of important post-innersearch programs. One of which will be Bodhinatha’s visit to Pillaiyarpatti for a grand reception by the priests there.
The weather cleared temporarily for the roof stones above the temple entrance to be lifted into place by crane. Here the silpis have cradled a stone into perfect alignment in the southwest corner of the Iraivan Temple.
We have had many visitors over the holiday period. Here is Vijay and Raji Sajja with their two daughters, Priya and Sonia. Raji revealed that her family was one of only seven Hindu families who survived the Muslim terrorist assault in Kashmir.
They have now settled in the USA and are very happy here. They are a Saivite family and heard about the Kauai Hindu temple through friends.
As busy as they are the silpis still have time for a smile and a wave as they work on completing the alignment process with the second roof stone on the south/east corner. Excellent work!
Another Saivite Hindu family arrived for the morning puja and were then taken for a tour of the Iraivan Temple.
On the right is Vijay and Malliga Janakiraman with their son Arun in the background. Next is Vijaya Sambandam, Abi Janakiraman, and Sundaresan Sambandam.
Both Arun and Abi are in the medical profession. Arun is a medical student and his sister Abi is a practising Internist.
Sundaresan Sambandam is impressively knowledgeable about Saivism and it was very interesting listening to him. This family had previously met Gurudeva in past years. They have donated to the Iraivan Temple and are subscribers to Hinduism Today.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta