Kulamata Amala Seyon leading the tour group to Iraivan.
Visitors on the tour pass Umbrella Ganesha where a rare flower is in bloom.
After many days of cool rainy weather, today was gorgeous which our many visitors enjoyed. Here they are learning the basic beliefs of Hinduism, Siva's all pervasiveness, karma, dharma, reincarnation and the pristine practice of ahimsa or non-violence. Guests also learn that Hindus believe there is no intrinsic evil, no devil or eternal hell.
Proceeding to Iraivan, guests take a moment to capture Siva's bounty on display throughout the tropical botanical gardens.
Strolling past Dakshinamurti, guests walk to Iraivan Temple.
Guests gather near to listen to the explanation of the revolutionary and unique "fly ash" concrete foundation designed to last a thousand years and to view the many wonders carved by hand in the granite pillars of Iraivan Temple.
Under the shade of the sacred Rudraksha trees, today's host, Kulamata Amala Seyon shares with our visitors the story of "Tears of Siva" which are used in ancient preparations of Ayervedic and Chinese medicine.
One lucky guests found a "Gowri Shankar" Rudraksha seed. This is unique in that two seeds are joined together creating Siva/Shakti energy. This type of bead is especially sacred to Saivite priests and Gurus.
Guests received envelops to share their names and contact information and to leave a love offering to help manifest Iraivan Temple, "…where the world will come to pray."
As many know, Iraivan Temple is built completely by donation.
This family is from Switzerland and are visiting the many Hawaiian Island sacred sites.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.