As our new enlarged parking area was opened today so we expanded our reservations a little and our guests were all so happy we did. Teachers, restaurant owners, engineers, musicians, and nurses to name a few.
The Albezia trees are in full bloom. The monks have to be on constant lookout for the kikis of this fast growing, prehistoric looking tree. They look magnificent but are classed as an invasive species in the state of Hawaii.
They can reach 20 feet their first year, heading for 60 feet and the crown of the Albizia can be so broad as to shade over half an acre completely crowding out native species.
We have several bee hives at the Aadheenam and the bees are really working hard to harvest all the nectar from these blossoms.
Rudraksha season is light and late this year. We were a little bit concerned as this year we had a very big wind storm as the trees were flowering. Fortunately we still see “green” fruits coming -- so not to worry.
Up to this point the Wailua Mission still have a large supply of Rudraksha malas and other Rudraksha items in our Mini Mela.
"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