Rita Shroff and Karthik Srinivasan are visiting Hawaii from Dallas, Texas on their first wedding anniversary. They find Kauai to be the most lush of all the islands. Rita’s parents are founding members of a Hindu temple in Midland, west Texas that Bodhinatha has visited multiple times. Karthik’s parents are from Swamimalai in Tamil Nadu, so he was pleasantly surprised to learn that our Iraivan Sivalingam base and 108 tandava bronzes were cast there.
Another happy couple from Houston, Texas joined us, unfortunately we didn’t catch their name.
They look forward to the kumbhabhishekam for Iraivan Temple.
"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