Srikanth and Haritha Deme, with their three young children, visited Kauai from Texas for the first time while on vacation, stopping over for a day after being on Maui. They are friends of the Master Course student family of Mrunal, Padmaja and Pooja Patel. Padmaja teaches the children in the local temple's Bal Vikas religion classes.
The children are having fun finding out that carving a stone is harder than it looks!
Making sure those protective glasses fit tightly (actually he doesn't want to wear them)
A big hug for the sacred healing rudraksha tree
Visiting Bali Hai falls
Then further down to get feet wet in the cool Wailua River
A happy family…especially the children were bright and bubbly
"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