Stepping back to yesterday we go into the Minimela where all our visitors end up after the tour.
Vayudeva Varadan is visiting for a week to help Shanmuganathaswami in the Pillaiyar Kulam. As a professional writer, he will be helping to write synopsis of Gurudeva's books to help visitors have a brief overall idea of what each book has to offer.
Bramacharini Lila Devi helps daily in the Mini-Mela. Today a guest was interested in buying one of the beautiful unique and original handmade rudraksha necklaces made by Kulamata Savitri Palani in Concord, CA. Br. Lila also showed our guests the special "Ekka Muki" single faced and "Gowri Shankar" double rudraksha beads from India.
Each tour day when Bodhinatha is in residence, he enjoys signing books purchased in the Mini-Mela by our visitors.
Shoppers examining books in the Mini-Mela.
Vayudeva enjoys darshan with Bodhinatha.
Jason Stein is a professional mediator from San Francisco (in the striped shirt on the far left) He helps people solve disputes saving expensive legal fees and frees up the court system. He also teaches mediation to lawyers. Bodhinatha shares insights on the importance of mediation on legal disputes instead of taking cases to court. Bodhinatha recommended he read the HHE Estate Planning package to help individuals set up a well planned estate and will. Disputes over distribution of an estate after someone passes on is one of the biggest sources of family disputes and litigation. Estate planning can prevent such disputes in advance.
Jason visits Kauai twice a year, and this year he decided to purchase Gurudeva's trilogy, have it signed by Bodhinatha and shipped free of charge to his home to avoid the extra baggage charges. The trilogy is three thousand pages and weighs 15 pounds. He also signed up as a Book One student. Welcome, Jason. We all look forward to getting to know you.
Returning to Kauai for a second visit from Toronto are Siva and Darshini Balasinghem. Originally from Jaffna, Sri Lanka, they settled in Canada 28 years ago and raised three children there. Darshini is in Hawaii for a banking conference. She works for CIBC in Toronto. Siva is a Civil enineer.
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"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