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.
"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