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.
Religion needs to be of the present. Mankind is evolving spiritually; mass consciousness is rising. When we go to the temple, in the right spirit, contributing devotion and prana, being open to the blessings of the Deity; it purifies the mind. The Hindu religion focuses on the mind; purifies it; controls it, subdues the ego, makes us more humble.