Kadavul temple’s Sun One Homa was bright and powerful today.
Bodhinatha introduced a talk he is working describing the two doctrines of Saiva Siddhanta Church, Monistic Theism and Hindu Solidarity. Here is the excerpt he read from Saiva Dharma Shastras:
Doctrines: Saiva Shraddha Dvimulanyaya
The Church’s dual doctrines of faith are: the enlightened monistic Saiva Siddhanta philosophy, Advaita Ishvaravada, of the Nandinatha Sampradaya’s Kailasa Parampara; and Hindu solidarity, Hindu sambandha, unity in diversity among all denominations of Sanatana Dharma. These two streams of consciousness are represented by the two points of our flag, Hindu dhvaja.
1. The First Doctrine: Monistic Theism, Advaita Ishavaravada
The following concise statement capsulizes the first doctrine of Saiva Siddhanta Church, the monistic theism of Saiva Siddhanta: “God Siva is within all things and all things are within Him. He is the Absolute Reality, beyond time, space and causation; He is the Primal Soul--creator, preserver and destroyer of all that exists. Yet, His majestic body is seen and He is talked with by the rishis. So great is He, the Incomparable One. Mysteriously, He is the Creator and the Creation. He is All and within all. Therefore, we preach the monistic theism of Saiva Siddhanta, Rishi Tirumular’s Vedic-Agamic theology, which encompasses pre-Shankaran Vedanta and pre-Meykandar Siddhanta.”
2. The second Doctrine: Hindu Solidarity, Hindu Sambhandha
The following concise statement capsulizes the second doctrine of Saiva Siddhanta Church, Hindu solidarity: “For all sects of Hinduism to survive in their pristine purity, maintaining their traditions, cultural heritages and religious theologies within our great Sanatana Dharma, each must strengthen the other by strengthening itself. Having found their roots, Hindus of all sects can proceed with confidence and work for Hindu solidarity. The many beliefs and practices common to all Hindus are the meeting ground, the basis of this profound unity in diversity. Therefore, we preach Hindu solidarity.”
"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