Karthik Ramani, a professor of engineering at Purdue University, came to Oahu for a conference. He planned a day off to visit Kauai Aadheenam, bringing his parents, Mrs Vidya Ramani and Dr Ramani, of Chennai. They were thrilled to have the opportunity to visit Kauai Aadheenam, having heard so much about the Hindu Temple in Hawaii from their son and daughter-in-law. They're also regular readers of Hinduism Today. Karthik and his wife, Sujata, had come to Kauai 2 years ago and had a very informative guided tour with Sadhaka Satyanatha.
Karthik's mother, Vidya, is very fond of gardening and had her own nursery in Chennai filled with several varieties of plants and flowers. She enjoyed touring the botanical garden on the temple grounds.
After an extensive tour of Iraivan Temple and San Marga, the family met with the editors of Hinduism Today. Managing editor, Arumugaswami discusses a Sanskrit translation project in the works with Dr. Ramani. Dr. Ramani is a retired professor of Engineering and was head of the department at the University associated with the Kanchipuram Puram Mutt and the Shankaracharya, Shri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati.
Palaniswami shares the fund raising plans for Iraivan Temple. Dr. Ramani knows Iraivan Architect, Ganapati Sthapati and the artist who's work is featured on the cover of Gurudeva's trilogy, Dancing with Siva, Living with Siva and Merging with Siva, S. Rajam of Chennai.
"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