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.
"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