We flew to Bangalore on the 12th evening quite late to be greeted by Jiva Rajashankara, his wife, sons and extended family who had come to India for the marriage of his youngest son.
The day before, on the 11th, in Pondicherry, Bodhinatha had dinner with yoga students at ICYER, Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry run by Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani whom we have known for many years. Bodhinatha gave a short talk and answered questions for the evening satsang.
"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