Today the monastery hosted a delegation from the Hawaii State Legislature’s House Committee on Finance. They were on Kauai to meet with the community on various state projects. At the right in the yellow and green shirt is Committee Chair Marcus Oshiro. Also in attendance were Rep. Pono Chong, Rep. Isaac Choy, Rep. Ty Cullen, Rep. Sharon Har, Rep Gil Riviere and Rep. Kyle Yamashita of the finance committee and Kauai’s delegation to the State House, Rep. Jimmy Tokioka and Rep. Derek Kawakami.
East Kauai Water Cooperative (EKWUC ) members: Jerry Ornelles, president; Tony Branco, manager; Les Milnes, board member and field manager; Rev. Katir, Coop member
Kauai Economic Development Board: Susan Tai Kaneko
1. Quick history and overview of the East Kauai irrigation system
2. Summary of EKWUC Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) expenditures to date
3. Presentation of 2011-2012 CIP requests
4. Questions for EKWUC
5. KEDB presentation
6. Questions for KEDB
Jerry Ornellas, president of the East Kauai Water Users Cooperative gave a brief presentation on the Coop, in particular the use of funds provided by the legislature for the upgrade of the system (which is owned by the State and run by the Coop). After the meeting, they all went out to Iraivan temple for a tour.
Saiva Siddhanta Church is involved in these proceedings because the water that flows through the San Marga land and Kauai Aadheenam all come from the Wailua Reservoir. The long term viability and sustainablity of Kauai’s irrigation systems are mission critical to the future of farming, the environment and the health and well-being of the whole island. In keeping with Gurudeva’s policy of being good citizens of our island we contribute through active participation as one member of the East Kauai Water Users Cooperative, which is formed by users of water on the irrigation/river system in our area.
"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