Archana and Prasad Patel (3rd and 4th from left) are in Hawaii on their honeymoon. They live in Chicago area. Prasad’s mother is a friends of Jigisha Patel, one of our formal Master Course Level One students. Kaila Sri Subramanian and his wife on the right are visiting Hawaii from Malaysia. Mr. Subramanian takes tour groups to Mt. Kailash. Now age 78, he just completed his 18th tour to the sacred mountain. Two other couples also joined us, as today was the day when the cruise ship is docked at Kauai and many Hindus come from the ship to visit. In fact, after the morning puja as we were about to head out to Iraivan Temple, Prasad ran into other people he knew, who had grown up in his family village in India.
"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