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.
"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