Greetings to all from Bodhinatha’s verdant Polynesian ashram.
We are so blessed to have a living satguru with us, a jewel of wisdom and model of detachment for us all to follow. The Kailasa Parampara goes on.
The First Prakaram Handrailing
Yoginathaswami was at the temple site all morning, coordinating the endless details with the Indian craftsmen. They stopped for a moment to pose in front of a finished section of the handrailing. There are some 38 pieces that make up each section, and it takes many days for the team to assemble each section, which goes completely around the temple. Bodhinatha has a special affection for this design, and enjoys examining it daily.
This architectural drawing shows the overview and context. On the last trip to India, the monks were told that this handrailing is quite important in terms of the energy of the temple. Without it, the life-force of the temple would constantly drain away from the sanctum, but that force is contained by the wall. As the floor and these railings are set in place, visitors get a glimpse of the finished spaces, how they will look and feel.
One Response to “Iraivan Temple's Latest Developments”
With each task marked “finished”, you bring us closer to Iraivan. But, you already know that. Also know how grateful we are for ALL that you do. Thank you, Yoginathaswami and the silpi team. Congratulations!
"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