Six of our Indian stone craftsmen are in the final days of their stay on Kauai. They arrived in August of 2005 and will leave on April 1st of 2009. Happy to return to their homes and families, a bit sad to leave Paradise. Here they are on an excursion to Pearl Harbor, visiting the battleship Missouri on the deck of which was signed the War Treaty that ended World War II.
Silpi Manikandan is our best translator between languages.
Silpi Sellaiah. These photos from this morning are taken on their day off, during their temple visit. Silpi Karuppiah is missing.
They stood for a photo by Kadavul Temple, and this little girl came forward, excited to have her picture taken, too. That's little Alex with our Indian craftsmen. She asked Palaniswami where all the animals went during the Iniki hurricane. Alex worshipped Lord Ganesha for the first time today. As she stood up from prostrating, she told her mom, "She is so beautiful!" Alex saw Ganesha as a woman.
Thank you for posting these wonderful pictures of the silpis – it is good to see the joyful souls who bring Iraivan Temple to life with their amazing talent and devotion. And thank you for the photos from the previous TAKAs – the delightful pictures of the monks and silpis, and the very special photo collection of our beloved Gurudeva. All will be cherished for many years to come! Namaste and a warm Aloha to little Alex!
It is not a mistery to hear Alex’s experience after praying to Ganesha for the first time. I myself have been seeing Ganesha as my mother, and I go to “Him” for all of my needs (like a little child going to his mother for every need); many “He” fulfils, and some “He” doesn’t, but in that case, “He” gives me the understanding that I do not need that—a wondreful peace of mind! Alex is blessed with this new experience.
"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