Yesterday Kadavul Temple was filled to overflowing with Hindus and it was lovely to have them all here. Those who did not have flights to catch were later taken on a tour of the Iraivan Temple and, as you can see by the smiles, they were a very happy group.
Many are longtime subscribers to Hinduism Today and had waited for some time to make a pilgrimage to Kauai to visit this very sacred place.
Today our visitors were of an international variety -- from India, the Ukraine, Mexico, and the US Mainland. All were delighted to be here and were filled with questions about the construction of the Iraivan Temple, and also about the wide variety of flora that abundantly flourishes throughout the grounds.
"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