Last phase tour day photos from Isani Alahan. This photo features rudraksha ear-rings made by our mission members. Isani Alahan and Brahmacharini Lila Shaktidevi were the tour guides. Isani writes:
“A local young lady on the tour models her rudraksha earrings for the camera.”
The group takes a few minutes to explore the grounds and watch the stone lift
with the crane.
Guests signing the email list and receiving their chips of granite which are gathered and offered as a gift from the stone carvers.
A group photo of our respectful and divine souls that were guests on the tour today. There were about 45 visitors that walked the grounds and learned something about Hinduism.
After explaining that Hindus do not believe in intrinsic evil, on guests remarked that Hindus are very forgiving. Some have been here a few times over the years and love to return to view the progress of the temple.
They enjoy the peace and serenity the grounds provide and marvel at the amazing work in progress on Iraivan Temple.
A young couple Ashish and Leena Lohiya originally from Rajasthan. They now reside in San Diego, CA.
He’s an engineer and she is studying for her degree in accounting. They heard about the temple from friends.
"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