Today we received some photos from the team in Colorado who are putting the final patina on the amazing bronze model of Iraivan temple. We will share the entire story of this work next month. For now enjoy Gurudeva’s sweet words spoken in 1999 as he envisions the spirit of Iraivan and its effect on the world:
“Iraivan’s foundation is coming alive. Light is vibrating through it. It is a remarkable sight to behold. Something we never expected or anticipated. What is happening is yet to be known. Seemingly, it is of itself a Being, beautiful to behold, to be approached with awe. Yet, its only form is the form of itself, radiating light in billows and rays, as of many-colored
The final patina is lovingly applied by Debbie Bakel of Loveland, Colorado. Her work enhances that of the glorious artistry of the sculptor. Patinas by Bakel is readily found in the Internet and for those sisters and brothers in or near Loveland, Colorado, we are certain she would welcome your visit.
"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