Reservations were booked solid for the public tour today. We thought visitor count would wane in September but it seems interest in Kauai’s Hindu Monastery is becoming a priority for visitors to the island. This is Bokka and Renuka Reddy from Fremont California. Originally from Hyberabad, South India.
Sometimes you forget to “look up” when walking through the Aadheenam property. High in a tree overhead are these huge beautiful orchids.
When we finally arrive at the stone carving demonstration guests find it almost unbelievable as they stand before Iraivan and realize that the entire temple was created from this simple hammer and chisel combination.
The ease and effortless work of Kandan as he moves from the larger chisels to the finer and finer movements makes obvious a sensitivity to stone that is truly extraordinary.
Today, among the 70 or so visitors we had a special group of 20 volunteers who joined the public tour from the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Each year the garden does something special for them, and this year it was a morning at the monastery. Their love and service to plants and trees on the island brought a rare treat for our guests, with the appearance of Paramacharya Palaniswami.
Always giving blessings and gifts, he had brought some seeds of a beautiful and intoxicatingly fragrant tree “Mimusops elengi,” also known as the Bullet Tree, or Bakula in Sanskrit. Several guests were from the big island and were delighted to expand their own plant collections with the addition of this special gem that is not known much in Hawaii. Palaniswami had recently brought in 1,000 seeds from India.
Paramacharya Palaniswami with the National Tropical Botanical Garden volunteers. “Na Lima Kokua”
Nani Ka’ua pond and waterfall
At the conclusion of the tour many guests visit Kadavul Temple to feel the power and purity of a monastic staffed Siva Temple.
"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