Andre joined the tour today with his camera… a view from a different angle.
This lovely carving stands at the entrance of Tiruneri, blessing visitors on the way in.
This is an excellent view of Rishi Valley. Some years ago Bodhinatha had a vision of this area being cleaned up and developed. We brought in the heavy equipment and removed the tangle of jungle protoplasm. Tandu Sivanathan then went to work to landscape the area, bringing in some bonzai from his collection. Now all the exposed earth has become covered with grass and flowers.
We have a few egrets who have made Kauai Aadheenam lands their home.
A lovely perspective of Iraivan. Kulapati Deva Seyon guides the pilgrims.
Deva tells the crowd about the Rudraksha.
For some reason today a lot of pilgrims were inspired to try to eat the blue rudraksha fruit.
While it is edible, many would consider the fruit far from palatable. There is only 1/8 inch of fruit on the seed and it is a bit bitter and quite astringent.
Still, Andre says he says some avid naturalists, with handfuls of rudraksha, munching on the fruit. Perhaps it has some magical properties that inspires ingestion by the untutored. Ayurveda says that what is bitter from some may be sweet for others.
A good over view of the Wailua Valley, mountain range and Iraivan in the distance, from the Media Studio.
"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