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.
"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