We bring you a few photos from Shama Kumaran’s hosting last phase.
Throughout January visitors and pilgrims continued to arrive almost daily from all parts of the globe to witness the great Iraivan Temple in progress.
Three couples arrived from Canada on the recommendation of Hindu friends and were, by their own words, “amazed” by all they saw. All agreed “we had no idea such a beautiful and peaceful place existed here on Kauai -- its heavenly!”
Still basking in the Darshan from the powerful morning puja in Kadavul Temple, pilgrimaging Hindu families were taken on a tour of the Iraivan Temple and gardens.
Today Sivakumar and Abirami Lakshmanan (right) and Vijay Kumar and Lalitha Sridhar (left) braved spontaneous showers to tour the temple property.
Sivakumar and Abirami Lakshmanan are originally from Karaikudi and Chennai in Tamil Nadu. They now live in Boston, MA. Lalitha is from Bangalore and Vijay is from Delhi. They now live in Beaumont, TX. All spoke Tamil and were able to chat with the silpis much to their delight. Both couples said they found out about our center here on the internet
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.