Each guest arriving for the Public Tour has an opportunity to begin the journey with Lord Ganesha’s blessing before entering the property . . .
“We are all growing towards God, and experience is the path. Through experience we mature out of fear into fearlessness, out of anger into love, out of conflict into peace, out of darkness into light and union in God. Aum”
“He who sparkles in your eyes, who lights the heavens and hides in the souls of all creatures is God, your Self.”
-- Siva Yogaswami
We often wonder what stories the silpis will tell their families when the they return home. Telling their children and grandchildren that in a land far away a magical Siva temple is being built the way it was done in India in ancient days. That Hinduism is very great and spreading to distant shores. That people from the Americas and all over the world travel to see it, and pray at this sacred place.
The guests hear many tales of the dedicated life of service and sadhana the monks perform every day of their life. But it is a rare occaision when one actually comes walking by!
"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