Today was ashram sadhana day for the month at the Aadheenam. Everyone was busy all morning scrubbing cleaning, renovating and making things as bright, shiny and actinic as we could.
Bodhinatha writes from Seattle that he had some meetings with a few of the our sishya there and that the talk at the temple was attended by 80 people, which was a good turn out for a weekday evening. That was yesterday.
Today he is in Vancouver and just sent a short email from his iPhone:
“Seeing people at the hotel
Total of five groups came
Half an hour each
"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