A truly beautiful day brought more devout souls for the morning abishekam and puja in the Kadavul Temple.
On the left are Ramachandran Sitarama and his wife Ramya Chakravarthy visiting for the first time from Fremont, CA (originally Chennai, Tamil Nadu). An auspicious day for Ramya; its her birthday today. Raghurama Pai and his wife are from LA (orginally Karnataka) and are both subscribers and avid readers of our international magazine, Hinduism Today.
"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