Long-time devotee and supporter of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, Dr. Narayana Rao of Illinois, has written an enthusiastic article on our monastery and our work, especially the construction of Iraivan temple. It is in the Telegu language and appeared in the March, 2012 issue of the Telegu Association of North America magazine. It describes how this monastery came to exist in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, who founded it, its mains features and claims to fame. Dr. Rao pilgrimages regularly to the monastery, once bringing 14 members of his family along with him. Click here to get a PDF of the article in its entirety.
"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