Shanmuganathswami, the Talaivar of the Pillaiyar Kulam has turned into the job superviser for the new Information Center we call Minimela.
Here is the main room in the first floor, he is checking on some light fixtures that have been installed.
He is dedicated to a goal of making this as green a building as possible.
“These lights are running on solar power right now.”
“This is the transformer and battery room. We have six huge storage batteries here.”
“The batteries are fed by 18 solar panels up on the roof.”
“When our system is complete we hope to be generating 6.4 Kilowatts, enough energy to power both this building and the current offices, completely from solar power.”
“Upstairs we have what they call a ‘energy recovery’ system. It’s a bit hard to explain, but when we run the air conditioning, this system pulls in air from the outside and carefully regulates the inside air, moisture content and temperature as well. It looks big but the whole thing uses less than 150 watts and helps reduce the over-all air conditioning power consumption.”
Brad is the lead contractor on the job. Every day he consults closely with swami on the progress. The final painting of the building is scheduled for next week.
Long-time friend, renovator, builder, handy man, John Anderson, one of the most competent tradesmen we have ever known, is also in the job. He’s a multi-talented specialist. Today he’s focused on drywall installation up stairs in the second story room ceiling.
Another man on the team. He was shy to look at the camera and give us his name…
"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