Recently government officials from Honolulu and other islands visited Kauai to inspect the Kalepa lands across the River from the Iraivan temple. The land is leased from the government. Administration is transitioning from oversight by the Department of Lands and Natural Resources to another government body: the Agriculture Development Corporation (ADC).
Here is a photo of ADC board members and various Kalepa coalition farmers, including the monks of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery.
One of the government officials praised the monastery and the other citizens who have other parcels, for their care and nurturing of this land after the sugar cane company shut down and abandon the fields.
It is a rather historic moment for government land once leased to a giant agro-business to be returned to the citizens, farmers and food growers of the island.
"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