It was a very quiet day today at the Aadheenam with few visitors.
On vacation from Salem, IL., Mr. P. Suppiah and his wife Kalyani arrived for the morning puja in Kadaval Temple. Both are originally from Madurai, S, India, and so they were especially interested to visit the Chola-style Iraivan Temple that they had heard so much about from friends. "It is just wonderful" remarked Mr. Suppiah. "We are so very happy we could come."
This delightful young couple, Jory and Kaewyn are both from Denver, CO and felt very happy they had found our spiritual paradise. Kaewyn was very interested in the children's books on the Saivite Hindu Religion and bought a set of them in our Mini Mela shop.
Hindus believe there is one Truth, we just all don't agree on the name and nature of God. To compare Hinduism with other religions, you need to ask the orthodox practioners what their beliefs are. For example, one Christian minister explained that he believes we are fallen beings, not inherently good and need to be redeemed or face eternal Hell. Hinduism believes the opposite: we are divine beings with instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Everyone will eventually become a spiritual being and attain God realization. That is about as far apart as we can get in beliefs. There is really no way that the two can be compared.