Another beautiful day brought Siva bhaktars, Arvind and Radha Trivedi from San Diego, CA. Their son Shailesh is also well-known to the Swamis for his selfless and generous contribution to the Hinduism Today Production Fund. He shares his mother's love of all that grows and owns and operates a flower farm in Fallbrook, CA.
Arvind and Radha are here on pilgrimage and attended the 6 a.m. Chitra puja, honoring Gurudeva this morning, followed by the powerful abishekam and Siva puja at 9 a.m. They strolled the beautiful grounds remarking upon the amazing and varied species of beautiful plants from around the world that seem to flourish in this tropical paradise. Here they pause in silence near the sacred Swyambhu Lingam where Gurudeva received his threefold vision from God Siva in 1975.
They then toured the beautiful Iraivan Temple and conversed with Chidambaram Stapathi and the silpis. Although Radha had previously visited the temple, Arvind was enjoying his first visit here today.
Also accompanying them is one of Gurudeva's students from the 1970's, Sharon L. Mann from Seattle who is visiting for several days. She stated that she felt very moved by her experience here 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