Sysumu and Thelma Myashiro are from Huntington Beach, CA visiting with their friends, Fred and Reiko Fujimoto, from Oahu. This is their second visit to the temple in three years.
Sri Ram and his wife Usha, from Bloomfield, MI, arrived with Bindumati Kikani, who traveled all the way from Mumbai on a pilgrimage to the Kauai Aadheenam. They will be here for several days attending the pujas in the Kadavul Temple and visiting the Iraivan Temple.
"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