Touring the Iraivan Temple today were longtime devotees from New York, Nilufer, Kaika, and Rashna Clubwala and Andrew Meunier. Also Sriram Somasundaram, Mythili Sriram and Akhila Sriram and Hetal Patel from Irvina, TX.
Upon our return to the Kadavul Temple, Larry Rivera who is a famous local Hawaiian musician, insisted that we join his guests and sit a moment and enjoy a song about Kauai called "Beautiful Kauai." Larry's entire family are famous for their Hawaiian music and he frequently brings his guests to the Kauai Aadheenam to enjoy the beauty and serenity of this sacred place.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this delightful and spontaneous entertaining moment.
Our last two wonderful guests pause a moment with Shanmuga Kartikeya under the Banyan tree prior to departing.
"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