All the way from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the daughter of Dr. Hiranya and Saraswati Gowda, Kalpana visit the monastery with her husband Chandra and sons Chetan (10), Anand (8) and Maithreya (4). They toured the grounds with Shanmuganathaswami and stopped for this photo at the Bali Hai falls.
The Chandrasekar family really enjoyed Kauai. The boys love to swim and Kalpana was overwhelmed with the beauty of the island on their tour of the island in a helicopter. She lamented that she wished they would have scheduled more time on Kauai instead of visiting the other islands. Oh well, next time. Avid readers of Hinduism Today, they have been subscribers since 2004 and were recently gifted a lifetime subscription by Dr. Gowda.
"Stand strong for Saivism." The nature of life for Saivites is to turn work into worship, to turn the secular into the sacred. Each day give a little extra warmth, humanness and upliftment to others. Every day is a holy day, all day long. We want to follow our religion even in our dreams. If we help someone, we're worshiping. Wherever we are, that's a place of worship. "To the Saivite Hindu all of life is sacred. All of life is religion."