Shriram and Rohini Udupa (on the left) have been here for several days and attended our Sivaratri pujas. They are from the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago. Rohini is Hindu Dharma and Philosophy Committee Chairperson of that temple. Today their friends from Honolulu came to visit along with them.
Narmada Lingam abhishekam
enjoying a visit to Iraivan Temple
Gaurav, Ripla and little Aran Malhotra have been here on pilgrimage for about a week and also attended Sivaratri. They study the Master Course lessons and Bodhinatha had a satsang at their home in Chicago last year with their friends.
"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