Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami finished their stay at the Murugan Temple where they participated in the annual Nallur Chariot festival. We have more photos and video of the events coming later.
Om Sivaya, everyone,
We were at the temple from 11 AM to 6 PM yesterday for the last part of the Muruga abhishekam, blessings of the utsava murti. After the Abhishekam we took the utsava murti out to the new chariot and paraded it around the temple slowly for two hours or so, stopping at banners for each of the Arupadaiveedu temples for a puja. After a mid-day break we observed the kalyanam of the utsava murti followed by my talk. There was a grand crowd, possibly even more than eht 750 expected.
Click here to view an article with nice photos about the Maryland temple chariot festival on Tamilnet.
Today they left for Albany, New York, to meet with some experts in alternative energy to discuss options for the Aadheenam.
"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