Today was the monthly Ardra abhishekam and a number of devotees attended the puja from different places. Afterwards a group met Bodhinatha. Mr and Mrs. Chellappa (far left in photo) are from England, originally from Sri Lanka. His brother is Chandran Wigneswaran of Sydney, whose family organized Bodhinatha's visit there in February.
Prakash Babu, president of Peoria, Illinois temple and his wife came too. Prakash operated the "cherry picker" bucket that lifted Bodhinatha up to the top of the temple tower during the kumbhabhishekam in 2005.
And finally several from Detroit, Michigan. They recalled Bodhinatha attending the Ganesha Temple kumbhabhishekam in Phoenix Arizona because their sister lives there.
"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