Visitors today on our public tour were an interesting group. The seemed extra sensitive to the “sannidhya” (powerful force of sanctity that radiates out and around a holy place) of the temple grounds. One gentleman gave testimony regarding a professor at Stanford University who has published evidence that material changes are evident in areas where deep mediation are performed over a sustained period of time.
It is a special treat to see the silpis actually at work on the temple. Here Silpi Kannan finishes the last course of the beautiful railing!
This inspired pilgrim did the entire tour without shoes (even the gravel road) as a discipline.
Kulamata Amala speaking to the group about our Rudraksha project and fund raising for Iraivan.
These are our neighbors, Beverly & Bart. Bart’s mother is visiting and loved her time at the 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