This morning Holly Young came to visit with Paramacharya Palaniswami and the Ganapati Kulam. She is working on a very special sculpture of Gurudeva, Ganapati Sthapati and the silpis. It will be an incredible, life-sized bronze piece commemorating the builders of Iraivan.
It is called “The Silpi Memorial Statue” … more about this not-so-top-secret project in the years ahead.
Those who have been here may have seen the bronze statue of Iraivan that Holly did that is scheduled to be placed in the hand of Hanuman. Currently it sits in the Minimela visitor center. Today she took many pictures of Yoginathaswami who stood for nearly 30 minutes in the posture that Gurudeva will have in the sculpture. She wanted to capture the exact look and feel of our monastic robes, which will comprise 90% of the figure.
Holly had a small testimony about the power of our web site and the reach of Gurudeva and Kauai’s Hindu Monastery.
Holly, who works on the Big Island (Hawaii), is a well-known artist. Her pieces may take as many as 27 people who do various parts of the process in finishing her sculptures. She does the modeling in Hawaii, the pieces are cast in Colorado and welded in Texas. Of all the artisans she says her welder Bobby, in Texas, has the most impact on the piece in terms of its artist creation. Holly had told Bobby (who had done the welding on the Iraivan temple piece) about the monastery. Later Bobby got curious, found our web site and started reading TAKA daily.
Holly was surprised and delighted on her next trip to Texas to see Gurudeva’s picture in Bobby’s shop. He told her he found in the teachings things he had believed all his life on his own and he has become a regular reader of the daily Master Course lessons.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Thursday, January 13th.
"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