With the end of Sadhu Paksha the gates of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery open wide for our first Public Tour in three weeks. Guests are always so grateful and seem to sense how special is this land they tread.
Another group of divine souls who now know about Iraivan Temple, a little about our monks and our Parampara.
This sacred lotus says it all!
Extra help in the mini mela on tour days! Valli Alahan from the Kauai Mission with Dipanjali Mardemootoo from Mauritius are helping Isani Alahan.
Tour day is noticeably less potent when Bodhinatha is traveling and not in His chair when we return for the signing of books.
"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