Bodhinatha and Sadhaka Haranandinatha are in Africa with a busy schedule… we may not get news for a few days.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day retreat,
until Dvitya Tithi, Sun One, Tuesday, April 22nd
A Sri Lankan couple arrived today from Sydney, Australia. Here are Vanathy and Mani Yogathasan in front of a very beautiful handcarved wooden Murugan deity outside the Kadavul Siva Temple.
Both of their families lived in Jaffna and Vanathy attended Gurudeva’s Ashram in Alaveddy where she studied the veena in the early 1980’s. She first met Gurudeva there and received his blessings. Mani’s paternal grandfather was a devotee of St. Yogaswami and it was St. Yogaswami who named his son, “Yoga” thasan, -- hence their last name is Yogathasan.
Today’s Pilgrims and Visitors
This is from a few days ago… An entire family originally from Jaffna Town, Sri Lanka, (now living in Washington, DC and New Jersey) arrived for a week-long pilgrimage. On the right are Niranjan and Subhedra, and their son Laxshman. Also Padmini Saravanapavan, long time supporter of Iraivan, and Chitranjan and Najervary Pathmamatnan. They were all very happy to be here and spent some valuable moments after the puja talking with Paramacharya Ceyonswami. They were then whisked away to the Iraivan Temple where they chatted with the silpis about the sacred art of stone-carving and temple building.
Iraivan’s West Side Story
And we bring you the same video we showed yesterday. This time via YouTube along with new Kauai Aadheenam video “bookends.” Check out our YouTube Channel with many more videos.http://www.youtube.com/user/kauaiaadheenam
"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