It is a beautiful day at Kauai Aadheenam. All the monks are home from travels and everyone is focused on their work. The weeks of rain have let up and we had a clear bright cool sunny winter’s day. It was indeed yet another perfect day in Siva’s Perfect Universe.
The inside of Iraivan in the morning picks up the early morning sun for magical moments….. Here we are waiting for the Thai Pongal pot to boil over.
Bodhinatha went for a walk inside Iraivan, circumnambulating the main sanctum, as will many hundreds of thousands of pilgrims in the centuries to come.
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"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