Stepping back to last phase, our tour day on the 13th.
The Sharma Thrush was introduced to Kaua’i in early 1931 from Malaysia. They have become very, very tame at the Aadheenam. They seem to know when ahimsa is being practiced and sing their hearts out. This little lady gave the opening song for the Public Tour in the Banyan Mandapam this morning!
While the Mahadevas and Deities of Hinduism are new to many of our Western guests, we mention that for a Hindu the approach is as natural as talking to your dear grandmother or grandfather every morning before launching on a new day, or starting a new project; seeking their blessings, wisdom and guidance.
“The cosmos is perfect, you know. Its laws are divine, its timing flawless, its design unique. “
While a passing downpour drenched every guest to the bone, they stuck it out until the sun returned and then all drip dried nicely!
This little jiva has been on planet earth only nine months, but already arranged to have her parents bring her to Kauai Aadheenam.
Mrs. Karthik Kannan, walking with Amala. A retired Doctor, she is from Santa Clara California. She was a little skeptical when she heard rummors that there was a traditional Aadheenam in America -- but her friends insisted; “You must go”. With all doubts dispelled, she had a deep and meaningful experience.
After the tour visitors are invited to our Mini Mela Library. Kulamata Isani puts in hours every week making guests feel comfortable and helping them negotiate through the many books for study and options for purchase.
Tour day can bring a big crowd all at once so we staff both iMac computer stations. This is Kulamata Vali Alahan who works every tour day with Isani as a service to her Guru.
The new mini mela is not only solar powered, but fully air conditioned and packed with books and educational pamphlets. Also many gift items, jewelry and hard to find treasures.
You never know what you might find within. Shanmuganathaswami and Siddhanathaswami have some great connections in India and are always surprising us with new items.
An incredible Ganesha. A Rose Quartz masterpiece!
The crown Jewel of the Wailua Mission. Grown on the sacred grounds of Kauai Aadheenam and hand made with love.
Hindus believe there is one Truth, we just all don't agree on the name and nature of God. To compare Hinduism with other religions, you need to ask the orthodox practioners what their beliefs are. For example, one Christian minister explained that he believes we are fallen beings, not inherently good and need to be redeemed or face eternal Hell. Hinduism believes the opposite: we are divine beings with instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Everyone will eventually become a spiritual being and attain God realization. That is about as far apart as we can get in beliefs. There is really no way that the two can be compared.