Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami is back at the Aadheenam, which is great news for us all.
We welcome the guru with a small padapuja, a traditional way of honoring the blessing of having him with us.
Sannyasin Arumugaswami has wonderful stories to tell about our efforts to translate the Saiva Agamas into English. Many luminaries of Saivism rushed to thank Bodhinatha, and offer their support, during this trip.
An arati is performed at the temple, alerting the Gods and the Devas that the travelers have returned.
Lord Siva is the Supreme Being of the universe, not one of many gods. To Saivites Siva is the supreme being; to Vaishnavites Vishnu is the supreme being. The soul starts with experiencing the world. On one side the soul is pulled by veiling grace toward the world. On the inside the soul is pulled by revealing grace toward God. Resolving karma, maturing in the world, fulfilling dharma, we move toward imperturbability, realization, moksha.