Tour day today… and so many people! The monks want to thank our local ladies for hosting everyone. Kulamata Isani Alahan writes:
“What a beautiful day for a tour! Mt. Waialeale was in full view the entire morning. Many local guests joined us today and about a fourth were returning to visit again.”
Group photo in two shots.
Himalayan Academy Student Leanora Orr in pastel blue, observes the stone carving demonstration. She offered her time today to help keep our guests on the path to and from the entrance to the temple and back.
Kulamata Amala Seyon offered her help by answering any questions our many guests may have.
Guests receive a souvenir sample of the red and white granite stone and fill out donation envelops. We explained that Iraivan is built by donations from around the world.
This is Kauai resident Mimi a retired MD and Healing Touch practitioner.
"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