Today’s tour group enjoyed the grounds and listened intently as they learned about Gurudeva’s mission, Kauia Aadheenam, the monks that live in paradise and the basics of Hinduism.
The beautiful jade plants are in full bloom.
Approximately 80 visitors came despite the rain to see the marvel of Iriavan Temple.
Paramacharya Palaniswami gave a private tour to the visiting writer for a gardening magazine from MN while many other guests listened in.
Shilpi Kanan demonstrates the intricacies of stone carving using a variety of chisels.
A young couple, Barath and Priyanka, originally from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, and now residing in Austin Texas enjoyed the tour recommended by their colleges who had visited recently. They have been married for two years and are enjoying a second honeymoon on the Garden Island.
Kulamata Savitri Palani is visiting Kauai with her husband, Kulapati Satya. She has been working on a karma yoga project and helped with sales today with the tour day shopping rush.
Shanmuganathaswami greeted this group of healers from Germany who enjoying Kauai’s healing energy. They came specifically to see the Spatika Lingam, the form of Siva as the large three foot, seven hundred pound single pointed crystal which will eventually be placed in the inner sanctum of 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