“Pandit Ramesh Rajamani visited for the first time. He is the head priest of the Hindu Temple of Dayton (http://www.daytontemple.org/) in Ohio, USA. He has wanted to visit for a long time ever since he first heard about our late Gurudeva in 1973 when he was studying at a Vedic pathasala in Chennai. Now he had the opportunity because he was conducting a Hindu wedding on another Hawaiian island. He really likes Kauai Aadheenam and had a special tour of Iraivan Temple, meeting the silpis, seeing the rajagopuram construction up close on the roof.”
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Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day retreat,
until Dvitya Tithi, Sun One, Tuesday, January 13th.
Subha Varma & Kishore Pathial with their two sons Gautam and Kapil visited for the second time. Gautam wrote an opinion article for Hinduism Today a few years ago. The family also started a fund at Hindu Heritage Endowment call the Kerala Temple Trust (click to contribute) which provides for upkeep of temples in Kerala. The family has been strong members of the Chinmaya Mission for many years.
Rev. Mira Sai Ma and her student visited from California for the first time. She is a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba and Shirdi Sai Baba, and opened her own center in San Jose. They had a wonderful pilgrimage here for a week, seeing Iraivan temple, performing abhishekam to the Narmada Sivalingam, doing Wailua Ganga Sadhana, walking down San Marga path and meditating at the Swayambhu Lingam there.
"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