Paramacharya Palaniswami and Acharya Arumugaswami participated in a meeting at State Sen. Gary Hooser’s office in Honolulu at the Capital Building yesterday regarding the large parcel of State land across the river from the monastery. This 6,500 acre section of agricultural land has been allocated among 13 parcel holders since it was abandoned by the sugar industry in 2000. Today’s meeting finalized aspects of that allocation which had been long pending, in particular assuring that 68 acres of the land will go to a papaya farmer education project being conducted from the Kauai Farm Bureau in conjunction with the University of Hawaii. From left to right: Palaniswami; Arumugaswami; Roy Oyama, president, Kauai Farm Bureau; Sen. Hooser; Laura Thielen, Chairperson, Department of Land and Natural Resources; Sandy Kunimoto, Chairperson, Department of Agriculture; Alfredo Lee, Executive Director, Agribusiness Development Corporation; Dr. Terry Sekioka, Kauai Count Administrator, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii; and Jerry Ornellas, president, East Kauai Water Users Cooperative.
"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