The Selvarajah family (originally from Sri Lanka) are visiting for a few days from Edmonton, Canada. Chidambaram sthapati and two silpis, Rajendran and Pandi, take a moment pause in their work to pose for a photo with our visitors. They are busy working on the East gopuram rail which connects the two lion pillars.
A beautiful view of Dakshinamurthy under the banyon tree from the North-facing gopuram. Dharmalingam and Mangai Selvarajah (on the right), sometimes hosted Gurudeva and the monks at his home in Edmonton during Gurudeva’s many visits to Edmonton starting in the 1970’s. Selvarajah was one of the founding members of the Ganesha temple in Edmonton and has been in touch with the Aadheenam for over three decades.
Dharmalingam also fondly remembers visiting the Aadheenam and helping to plant Rudraksha seeds here in the late 1970’s -- which are now full grown trees. Their son Mayooran and his wife Shankeetha, also from Edmonto, Canada, are here visiting for the first time.
Srinivas and Lakshmi Reddy with their two children, Manisha and Robit are from St. Louis, MO.
Lakshmi stated that she had seen photos of Bodhinatha and her guru, Swami Nityananda, together in Bangalore, India, and had heard about this temple from friends who had previously visited the Kauai Aadheenam, so she felt very blessed to be here.
A very auspicious moment when Paramacharya Palaniswami unexpectedly appeared and talked with both families and left everyone feeling even more blessed.
"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