Yesterday evening the monks went to the “Innersearch Dharmasala” otherwise known on Kauai as the Kauai Beach Resort Hotel, where all the innersearchers are lodging and having many of their meals.
We had our opening welcome session with devotees coming forward to Garland Bodhinatha.
The innersearch staff meets and talk with participants.
Mayuresh Rahavendran is looking bright!
Bodhinatha sits quietly as Paramacharya Palaniswami tells tales of previous innersearches
Bodhinatha tells the story of how the first innersearch to Kauai ended with the purchase of the property in the Wailua Homesteads and how Gurudeva’s vision for a monastery has manifested from that first innersearch.
He gave a brief introduction to his study program which will be a bit different, comprising a deep philosophical journey through Vedanta and Siddhanta.
At the evening orientation dinner, we honored two birthday girls: Shanti Momtaz and Devi Marks. They each received a beautiful art poster gift.
Study guides were passed earlier and everyone is peeking at them after dinner.
Senthilnathaswami, our lead organizer for this innersearch, briefs the group on the next day’s events.
Kailash Dakshinamurthy who has always done a marvelous job on past innersearches, coordinating traveling and hotel lodgings, gives all the innersearchers some important points regarding their stay at the hotel.
"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