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.
Hindus believe there is one Truth, we just all don't agree on the name and nature of God. To compare Hinduism with other religions, you need to ask the orthodox practioners what their beliefs are. For example, one Christian minister explained that he believes we are fallen beings, not inherently good and need to be redeemed or face eternal Hell. Hinduism believes the opposite: we are divine beings with instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Everyone will eventually become a spiritual being and attain God realization. That is about as far apart as we can get in beliefs. There is really no way that the two can be compared.