Golden Guardian. With fierce visage and sharp fangs this creature looks out upon the temple compound, providing psychic protection.
Today the guilders, under the expert guidance of artisan Michael Kramer, continued gold leafing the giant stone that sits atop the entry tower.
From the roof one sees Rishi Valley and just beyond the flagpole representing hindu dharma.
The main vimanam will be next. It is covered with plastic today to keep it clean.
After the gold work is completed, this roof will be covered with several layers, and on top a thin sheet of copper. It will be quite a site from the air, and helicopters already come near to take a peek. Someone in jest suggested we put a giant word on top: WWW.GURUDEVA.ORG
"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