Today we honored Chidambaram Sthapati who has completed his stay at Kauai Aadheenam and is returning to India the day after tomorrow. He is a beautiful soul and has been working on the Iraivan temple for seventeen years. Without him, the temple would not exist. In India he was the chief architect at the carving site and then here on Kauai he has been instrumental in the completion of the main structures.
Bodhinatha honored him today for his wonderful service.
Thank you Sthapati!
~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 Dvitiya Tithi, Sun One, Thursday, July 23rd.
"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