It was lovely grand tour day with over 100 divine souls eager to see the marvel of Iraivan and the breath taking botanical gardens at Kauai Aadheenam.
It seems the economic slow down has had little effect on our visitor traffic. Here is everyone just after arrival gathering at the lookout over the Wailua River.
The tour host today was Kulamata Amala Seyon. Here she is explaining the beliefs of Saivism at the Siva Vinadhara mound
Guests were enthralled and listened intently to the beliefs and followed with profound questions including “What are the denominations of Hinduism?”
Our guests shown slowly wandering from the ponds near Rishi Valley all the way to the temple taking in the awe inspiring beauty.
Because of the work on the roof, guests must look from a distance. Here on the West side of the temple,they are learning about the unique carvings and the in depth thought that goes into each piece of stone.
Coming around to the East side. Here they learn about the sacred Rudraksha trees and seeds.
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.