Work continues this morning on the new entry to the monastery. Here all but the topmost stone are in place.
There is a lot of fitting going on to make all of the joints tight and secure.
Pilgrims of the future will have no doubt they are entering a sacred and special space as they walk through this magnificent gate. Already it makes the monastery look to be 500 years old. More on this in the days ahead.
Here you can see the metal framework that is supporting the stones until the capstone is put in place.
The “American elephant” carries a stone into position.
Sideview shows stone slowly being positioned by forklift.
Close-up of the armature holding the stones in place during the fitting process. After the stones are perfectly fitted and the capstone is place, the armature is removed and the stones will hold themselves in place. The physics of this archway make it very strong. Only an earthquake or 3 elephants could knock it over.
"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