Our gold gilding team is off today. Meanwhile a steady stream of Hindu pilgrims is coming daily.
Thambyrajah and Karen and family are visiting Kauai for the first time from St. Louis, Missouri. Thambyrajah's brother from Honolulu also came to the island (far left). Bodhinatha gave some advice about ferreting out their chilrens' natural talents and interests and developing those, which the current public education system doesn't necessarily do a good job of.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Wednesday, June 17th.
"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