After the Raja Gopuram stone lift at Iraivan Temple this morning, we gathered at the home of Kulapati Deva and Kulamata Amala Seyon’s beautiful home to work on the Wailua Mission fund raiser, the rudraksha project.
We begin with a lovely puja to Lord Ganesha in the garden.
Bramacharini Lila Devi holding up some of the malas that were made
Outside Tandu Sivanathan, his granddaughter, Lela and Deva Seyon work on putting beads on the racks so they can be power washed.
Our karma yoga project is followed by a healthful organic South Indian feast. Here Uma Sivanathan prepares a salad grown in her garden.
"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