Kannan and Jan Eluthesen made their first pilgrimage To Kauai Aadheenam. Originally from Malaysia, they both met while studying in Honolulu, live there for a while, then settled in California. They are friends of Deva and Gayatri Rajan and occasionally come to the Golden Gate Mission satsang.
They love the grounds and think many, many people will come when Iraivan Temple is complete.
Kannan has been helping this past week working with Deva and Acharya Kumarswami on a project for the Swayambhu Lingam art display that will be installed on San Marga… watch for news on this in the months ahead. He has many years of experience in IT systems having work for Kaiser Permanente and had a good consultation meeting with Sivakatirswami giving us some guidance on developing a media database on our web server.
Thank you for your help Kannan!
Our pilgrims meet with Paramacharya Palaniswami who gave them an over view of the big picture of how monastery functions and our publications and artwork development.
"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