Deva Seyon and his grand-daughter Basanti hosted a special group today. They are the Board of Directors of the Garden Island Arts Council (all volunteers who guide the introduction of art to our island, including such things as having handicapped children paint their crutches artfully).
Their president, Carol Yotsuda, is probably the most well known artist on the island of Kaua’i and one of the most respected in the state of Hawai’i and elsewhere; Carole is officially designated as a Living Treasure for Kaua’i and for the state of Hawai’i. Anne O’Malley was there as a journalist from the Garden Island newspaper.
They were especially eager to see the extraordinary spiritual artwork that the monastery has commissioned, and Palaniswami took some time to share S. Rajam’s amazing work and stories with them.
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"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