It was a very quiet day today at the Aadheenam with few visitors.
On vacation from Salem, IL., Mr. P. Suppiah and his wife Kalyani arrived for the morning puja in Kadaval Temple. Both are originally from Madurai, S, India, and so they were especially interested to visit the Chola-style Iraivan Temple that they had heard so much about from friends. "It is just wonderful" remarked Mr. Suppiah. "We are so very happy we could come."
This delightful young couple, Jory and Kaewyn are both from Denver, CO and felt very happy they had found our spiritual paradise. Kaewyn was very interested in the children's books on the Saivite Hindu Religion and bought a set of them in our Mini Mela shop.
"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