Sweet devotional songs wafted through the tropical air this morning. Upon exploring the source, we found this family at the temple pool lovingly praising Siva in traditional hymns from the Tamil. It was the senior Amma's birthday today.
Nearby another family is figuring out the telescope.
It points to Iraivan Temple so visitors can see the work from a distance.
Another family takes a photo of the pond and waterfalls from the Media Studio entrance.
"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