A beautiful morning with sunshine and light cloud cover. Several Hindu families were present for the morning puja in Kadavul Temple where they received the powerful darshan and blessings of Siva Nataraja.
(Far left) is M. Chellappah and his wife from Kent, U.K. As a boy he grew up in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and Chellappah remembers being taken by his father on several occasions to visit Saint Yogaswami. Also visiting today from Sunnyvale, CA are Sachin and Madhavi Sankolkar with their two young children, little Sanjana aged four, and three-month old Akshaye (taking a nap). With them, visiting from India, are the children’s grandparents Madan B. and Vijaya M. Satpute from Aurangabad, Maharashtra. All of our guests had heard about the temple from friends and relatives who had previously visited the Aadheenam.
"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