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
"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