Last phase our tour day brought a beautiful happy group today discovering the infinite depths and wealth of Kauai Aadheenam!
One of the wonderful opportunities of meeting so many people on the tour group is we get to hear some sweet stories. Elisa told us an inspiring story about her stay in India for one year serving at an orphanage near Bangladesh. One of the many things she did to serve the children was to go around to all the shops in the area until she had purchased sixty two-inch Ganeshas which she gifted to each child personally. They had nothing like that for themselves and it was an enormous delight to each one of them. Elisa was still glowing from her wonderful experience with these beautiful children.
Mr. and Mrs. K Venkateswaran are visiting from San Francisco. Gurudeva met them years ago and sent them a Ganesha Murthi to help start the Livermore temple. They kept the Deity in there home until the Temple was completed.
Sonu and Anmol coming from Chicago are on their honeymoon visiting Kauai. They heard about the temple after they arrived here on the Island and were so happy to have this blessings. Kannan our silpi was asked to join them in the photograph.
"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