We pick up our travel log of Bodhinatha’s mission to Australia again today. On February 15th evening near Sydney, a Iraivan Temple fundraising dinner was organized by Mathini and Chandran Wigneswaran and others. Nearly 400 people attended the event.
A kolam design at the entrance of the hall
Students of Srimathi Anusha Tharmaraja gave a bharatanatyam performance choreographed to Natchintanai music
Bodhinatha gave a spiritual discourse
Mrs. Mathini Wigneswaran giving the "vote of thanks"
Dinner attendees enjoying getting darshan at the end
"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