August 26th Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Brahmachari Mayuran attended Kauai’s annual Farm Fair. It’s the biggest event of the year on Kauai, attended by over 30,000 people--on an island with 60,000 population. Here’s a shot of one of our main interests, the fruit table! Always amazing to see what can be grown on Kauai.
This is the vegetable table. Many businesses and organizations have booths at the Fair, so it is a very good place to touch base with a large number of our island friends. We’re expected each year and have in the past given the blessing to open the fair, which rotates among the island’s religious organizations.
Brahmachari Mayuran with a special breadfruit tree we bought from the National Botanical Garden booth. In the background are the rides and games that attract the youngsters.
We stayed only a short time, long enough to touch base with various island residents who are there each year. As we left, hundreds of people were streaming down the road from the parking area to enter the Fair.
"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