Today the monastery sent representatives to the 2010 Agricultural Conference: Profitability in Agriculture sponsored by the Kauai Economic Development Board. Arumugaswami and Sadhaka Adinatha both involved with our 200 acres of agricultural land across the river from the monastery, spent the day at the meeting. There appeared to be some 120 people in attendance, a who’s who of Kauai’s agricultural community from the big seed companies to the family farmers. This is the opening panel on “Land and Water” moderated by Laurie Ho of the USDA. Many local politicians attended, including the mayor, much of the county council and several state House Representatives.
Wide shot of part of the audience. Topics included Human Resources, Production and Marketing with a luncheon address by Dr. Makena Coffman of the University of Hawaii on issues in bio-energy development.
Another shot of the audience. The event was very well organized, each panel of experts was given 60 minutes. They began by answering three or four questions prepared in advance and then took questions from the audience for 30 minutes. As the organizers remarked at the end, ” This is the first conference we’ve held where everyone present at the beginning was still present at the end.”
"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