Attending the morning puja yesterday (23rd) were Punit and Anaradha Pandya (right) visiting from California. They are also subscribers to Hinduism Today. First time visitors Mr. Nair and his wife Geetha from Ottawa, Canada also atttended the puja and both stated that they felt very blessed to be here and found the spiritual power of the temple and peaceful tropical environment of the Aadheenam to be very uplifting and inspiring. Behind Mr. Nair and Geetha (in yellow) is Muktha who is originally from India and has more recently made Kauai her new home.
Today (24th) the temple was filled with visitors from California, New York, Kentucky, Washington and Hawaii.
Far left is Dr. Babu Venkatesh Gupta with his wife Sadhna (also a physician) and their two children Jay (7) and Anjali (9), and in blue is Kimberley Wyckham who is here pilgrimaging for eleven days. From New York is Norbert and Susan Woods who have “never seen such a beautiful place.” Cyndi and Garrett Birch are from Southern California, and Badal and Anar Raval who now live on Kona, Hawaii and are “very happy that there is a Hindu Temple in Hawaii.”
Today, this beautiful peaceful morning brought Hindu families from all parts of the Mainland. All attended the morning puja and those who remained after the puja were taken on a walking tour of the Iraivan Temple and grounds.
(L/R) Ravinarans and his wife Sudershanarans, Vinod and Neelam Chaudhry all from New Jersey; Subhash and Shaku Vaidya from Pennsylvania and their son, Manish Vaidya from San Francisco. On the far right is Myra Sternlieb, RN who teaches nursing and lectures at San Jose State University. She is also attempting to incorporate wholistic health into the nursing curriculum.
It’s been 3 weeks since we are back from Hawaii.The Shiva temple pooja has left such a lasting impression in my mind and heart that I think of it every day several times. I wish we were not living so far! We have been sharing our experience to everyone we meet.Thank you so much for explaining all the details of the Iraivan temple. Your devotion to the Lord was moving.I hope to come back and spend more time at the temple. Would it possible to exchange emails with you?
We were at the temple on the 27th March.
Hindus believe there is one Truth, we just all don't agree on the name and nature of God. To compare Hinduism with other religions, you need to ask the orthodox practioners what their beliefs are. For example, one Christian minister explained that he believes we are fallen beings, not inherently good and need to be redeemed or face eternal Hell. Hinduism believes the opposite: we are divine beings with instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Everyone will eventually become a spiritual being and attain God realization. That is about as far apart as we can get in beliefs. There is really no way that the two can be compared.