Guests gather in the Banyan Mandapam for the weekly tour presentation. A visitor takes a few moments to read the 20 basic beliefs of Hinduism, the Yamas and Niyamas , Yoga's Forgotten Foundation.
Stopping at the Nani Kaua Waterfall and Pond visitors learn about the extinct valcano, Mt Waialeale, and the land known as Pihana Kalani, "Where heaven touches earth."
Walking past the beautifully breathtaking Wailua River, many stop to enjoy the view and take photos
In the tropical gardens wonderful statues of the Gods peer out seemingly enjoying the beautiful souls strolling by. This is the renunciate, Lord Palani.
Beneath Siva as Vinadhara, visitors learn about the common beliefs of Hindus:
God Siva is Immanent Love and Transcendent Reality, All Pervasive, the energy flowing through all form. The beliefs of karma and reincarnation are central Hindu beliefs as is ahimsa or non-violence. Hindus also believe there is no intrinsic evil, no devil or eternal hell.
It is Rudraksha season and visitors delight in finding the beautiful beads on the ground. They also enjoy hugging and sensing the healing energy emanating from the the massive trees.
A few group photos of today's visitors.
Silpi Manikandan explains using the various types of chisels on the granite stone in the weekly demonstrations.
Silpi Kannan displays amazing speed and dexterity as he demonstrates the "sandpaper" chisel used for polishing the stones.
Because of these dedicated workers, Iraivan is a not just a temple in paradise. It is a master piece of fine art and technical design.
A young guests enthusiastically tries his hand at stone carving with a little help from his father.
"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