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.
Lord Siva is the Supreme Being of the universe, not one of many gods. To Saivites Siva is the supreme being; to Vaishnavites Vishnu is the supreme being. The soul starts with experiencing the world. On one side the soul is pulled by veiling grace toward the world. On the inside the soul is pulled by revealing grace toward God. Resolving karma, maturing in the world, fulfilling dharma, we move toward imperturbability, realization, moksha.