In celebration of the Tamil New Year, Logash and Asha Pandi, and baby Neel, flew over from their home on Oahu to attend the morning puja in Kadavul Temple and then visit the Iraivan Temple. After attending the “flag-raising” ceremony, they stopped briefly to shop in the Mini Mela where this photo was taken.
Visiting for the first time are Prabhu Palani, his wife Nirupama Vaidyanathan, and their two sons, Anirudh (11) and Vishrant (6) pose for a photo in front of the Iraivan Temple. Originally from Chennai, they now live in Fremont, CA. Prabhu and Nirupama found the beauty and peace here “unbelievable.”
This is Prithi Sperling who has been on pilgrimage here from Vallejo, California. He mother and father are devotees of the late Sant Keshavadas and she grew up in an “American Hindu” environment. She went to school with Shivani Rajan.
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Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Navami Tithi, Sun One, Friday, April
"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