This is Dharma Senathiraja (center) with her brother and mother on left and daughter Yaamini on right. They are visiting from Toronto for the first time.
Kumar Sinnadurai family (wife not in photo) is visiting Kauai for the first time from Edmonton, Canada. His parents recently visited with our sishyas Jai and Ganga Murugan. Kumar and his wife were the first marriage to be solemnized at the Mahaganapati Temple in Edmonton. Kumar recalls our late Gurudeva visiting his home when he was only age 16.
"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