[yesterday’s posted was actually from a tour day severa month;s ago… here is the actual tour day of April 16th, 2010.]
A beautiful group of souls came for this weeks “public tour day”. With Sadhu Paksha now over the reservations were very strong.
Among our guests this week were the Kauai Pacific Island School children. They are currently studying India and they had many delightful questions! They all had their hands up through most of the tour!
This little Soul had a beautiful little bindu already appropriately fixed upon arrival!
The children’s presence brought the whole group into a state of childhood wonder as they were so excited about absolutely everything!
A special treat arranged by Paramacharya Palaniswami this week was to allow each guest to enter the “Cathedral of the Emperor of Prussia”. A flowering vine of such exquisite beauty that no photo can capture. The experience left everyone in stunned silence.
The children were mesmerized by the silpis and could not wait to get started!
"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