Today's weekly tour brought over 80 guests to Siva's beautiful botanical gardens at Kauai Aadheenam. Before walking out to see the gardens and temple, Kulamata Amala Seyon explains details of Iraivan Temple project at the sandalwood model and photo display.
Guests observe the silpis fitting the floor stones and handrail on the North end of the temple.
Group photos of our visitors.
Because of the large groups coming for the weekly tour, the silpis give two carving demonstrations so visitors can see the work up close.
This family is visiting from San Diego, CA where they have Hindu friends that have explained aspects of Hinduism
This couple came to see the progress after their last visit three years ago. They were impressed with the temple progress.
The always awe inspiring green jade flower in full bloom.
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.