On this beautiful spring day at Kadavul Temple, about fifty guests came to tour the grounds and learn about Saivite Hinduism. At the Sacred Feet of Lord Siva as Dakshinamurthi, guests learn about Siva's powerful telepathic emanations of the four Vedas, Hinduism's most ancient sacred scripture to the four sages.
Two friends enjoy the shade while resting on a granite bench near the statue of Dakshinamurthi. Jaun lives on the island and this is his first visit to Kauai Aadheenam. He is a waiter at the Princeville Hotel and shared that he often served Gurudeva and the Swami's at the HHE breakfast meetings. His friend Suzanne Bowers from Ashville, North Carolina, visited five years ago.
The group photo.
Our resident silpi, Kanan, demonstrates drawing with a charcoal pencil on the rough stone.
The group intently watches as he rhythmically taps the stone and changes the surface using a variety of chisels and carving techniques.
A guests takes a turn at carving.
Guest love hugging the sacred Rudraksha trees
The silpis are placing the hand rails on the back or North end of the temple.
"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