Hindu Visitors arrived from all parts of the Mainland on Memorial Day, many for the first time.
Resting in the shade of the Meditation Pavilion are Anjana and Ashutosh Rastogi with Ashutosh's father, Kunwar B. Rastogi all from Odessa, TX. "What a beautiful and spiritual place this is" remarked Ashutosh. "We definitely want to come here again."
A group from the "Astro Convention" arrived for the morning puja and a tour of the Iraivan Temple. The Convention is headed by Vedic Astrologer, Dennis Harness "Dayananda", (far right in orange) who is well known to the Swamis here.
"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