Iraivan morning is held each month by the Wailua Mission of Kauai in an effort to do something creative as a group to help with the building of Iraivan. Here Kulamata Amala Seyon shows Tandu and Uma’s granddaughter Leila how to string a necklace.
Academy Students Leanora Orr and Faith Collier (on the right) join the mission members during this time. It is an opportunity for students and mission members to get to know each other. The Academy students are actively studying the Master Course and progress through three levels of study and practice culminating in initiation into the Natha Sampradaya.
Justice Collier joins Aran Sendan and Brahmachari Rajadeva in stringing racks of Rudraksha beads for power washing.
Kulapati Durvasa Alahan who coordinates the Rudraksha Project is sitting with another Himalayan Academy student John Stern. Durvasa reported incredible sales of Rudraksha malas and jewelry over the $3,000.00 mark last month!
A variety of beautiful bracelets just complete and ready for the Mini Mela sales rack where Kulamata Isani Alahan is sitting right now waiting for them!
A new and very successful design of single bead necklace.
Leila shows us her beautiful creations. Gurudeva always told us that a harmonious mission is a creative mission!
"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