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.
Religion needs to be of the present. Mankind is evolving spiritually; mass consciousness is rising. When we go to the temple, in the right spirit, contributing devotion and prana, being open to the blessings of the Deity; it purifies the mind. The Hindu religion focuses on the mind; purifies it; controls it, subdues the ego, makes us more humble.