Sun Two at the Aadheenam, a rainy day that made plants happy and monks a little wet. Rainy days bring a special view here at the monastery: when Iraivan Temple’s stones get soaked and darkened, the contrast makes its gleaming golden gopuras glitter even brighter.
Every year we create some special gifts for pilgrims who came to celebrate Gurudeva’s mahasadhi and for Church members who could not come. This year, we began with a precious jewel of a souvenir, an Affirmation etched in wood by our new laser engraver. The results are beautiful.
Around Gurudeva’s picture one reads in his own handwriting multiple stances of Aum Namah Sivaya.
We are working on many more uses for this new engraver, most of them involving fundraising projects.
The second creation is a powerful small book. For those who remember The Pathfinder Series of small booklets, The Power of Affirmation was the bestseller of that collection.
We organized those affirmations and many more in this brand new book.
Copies will arrive at the Aadheenam soon. Just a few came so far, and they were all given to the pilgrims.
Gurudeva’s powerful words are as timeless as the Truths they contain.
Meanwhile, we received a nice report from Singapore, where they are working to make the precious rose-quartz granite floor of Iraivan Temple a reality.
They say ot was a “fruitful and energetic meeting! We exchanged ideas to boost Iraivan’s floor-stone sponsorship.”
"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