On the recommendation of devotee, Shakti Mahadevan, this very devout meditation group of ladies arrived for the very beautiful and powerful morning puja in Kadavul Temple, followed by a tour of the Iraivan Temple. All are from Washington State and Oregon. Linda Melhoff (purple shawl) remembers meeting Gurudeva in 2001. She felt especially blessed when Gurudeva came and talked with her in the temple at that time. Before her departure today Linda stated that after her visit here she felt "completely fulfilled spiritually."
Dr. Kamlesh Thaker and his wife, Chhays Thaker, R.N. pose at the monasterie's famous "Lookout." Dr. Thaker is a cardiologist specializing in the Intensive Care Unit, while his wife, Chhays, is an ICU nurse both serving at the same facility in Houston, TX. They were especially blessed to receive the darshan of Sat Guru Bodhinatha Veylanswami this morning following the puja in Kadavul Temple.
Dr. Viren Jhaveri and Dr. Shamila Jhaveri pose with Aakash (13) and Ansh (6) following a tour of the Iraivan Temple and gardens. This lovely family is from Westbury, NY (originally Mumbai). Shamila felt the peaceful energy here and wants to return to this spiritual paradise again soon.
"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