Today a large group came after celebrating a wedding the other day in Poipu. Dr. Pemmaraju and Rani Rao and Dr. Halekote Kumara brought a group from San Antono, Texas, and London comprising one side of the wedding, and Sundari and Velayudhan Velu brought a group from southern California comprising the other side.
Exploring Iraivan Temple
hearing about the three important visions Gurudeva had on the Aadheenam grounds.
almost everyone together
trying out stone carving
first group has darshan with Bodhinatha
young boy is fascinated with Bodhinath’s beard
Dr. Pemmaraju and Rani Rao from San Antonio
And then the other group had darshan. In both meetings, the groups asked the same questions about how to keep the youth from being disinterested in the community temple and being religious. Bodhinatha said the key is education and giving more responsibility. Education the youth in the meaning of the temple and why it benefits them. Perform puja at home as a family and youth learn how to perform Ganesha puja, so that temple puja will then have more meaning. Give youth meaningful responsibilities for temple activities and special events, more than just parking cars out in the cold at night.
Sri D.N. Anand, his wife Smt Vijaya Anand and son Vinay are visiting for the first time (pictured on left). The family is close to Kailash Ashram in Bangalore. The parents live a short walk from Kailash Ashram, while Vinay lives in California. Sri DN Anand is the former Accountant General of Karnataka, Vice President of National Education Society of Bangalore, and Trustee of Sri Rajeshwari Vidyashala, an academic school associated with Kailash Ashram.
On the right in the photo are Yatish and Usha Maharaj visiting from San Francisco, originally from Fiji.
Sri DN Anand and wife have met Satguru Bodhinatha when he visited Kailash Ashram. Now they are happy to finally meet him here on Kauai.
Yatish and Usha did a short renewal of their wedding vows in front of Satguru.
"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