The Rishi Valley landscaping work which began a few weeks back continues. It was a few weeks back that Keoke cleared some scrub brush. Now island families are helping to plant groundcovers. They have chosen edible plants for this which will provide food for the monks and be a beautiful green carpet, too. Spinach and sweet potato vines have been sprigged and are growing well with occasional rains.
Bodhinatha watches as the work proceeds.
It was his vision to open up Rishi Valley, which as you can see is close to Iraivan Temple (seen in the upper right of this photo). The new pond is lovely green-blue today and will sport water plants in the future.
"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