It is Tour Day today and Bodhinatha meets guests at our Minimela.
Rogini and Jean-Marie are heading back to Montreal today and they couldn’t resist an opportunity to say aloha to Bodhinatha in the Mini Mela during His book signing session.
As the tour group heads out to Iraivan, Shama freshens the Andara Crystal each morning as one of her many seva duties. This crystal was gifted to Bodhinatha from an elderly Native American Indian lady who brought many such gifts to the monastery over the years.
Among the “show stoppers” on the tour is the Blue Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys). It is a spectacular vine that climbs up over seventy feet into the canopy above. Blue is such a rare color for flowers and they rain down on the path creating a very mystical effect.
Home schooled in Poipu, this is Jader Hamid age 11. He is with his grandmother Diana and his father Haben. He was very attentive with an unusual maturity.
Amanda Bradley, a professional tour guide from the Hearst Castle in San Simeon California, was attending a symposium on ecological advances when a picture of Iraivan Temple came across the screen. Amanda had already traveled to Tibet to gather sacred leaves and She was soon on a airplane to experience Iraivan personally. “What a wonderful Place”! She kept repeating.
"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