As we write Bodhinatha and Senthilnathaswami are attending a Krishna Janmashtami celebration in Houston.
Bodhinatha reports on yesterday’s events:
Friday began with an excellent Siva Mrityunjaya Homa at the Midland temple. The priest is Vighnesh Gurukal from Bangalore who served for five years at the Flint Kasi Vishvanath Temple. He met Gurudeva there. This was followed by my presentation on Hindu Tools for Success.
Next a padapuja at the home of Mrunal and Padmaja Patel followed by a short talk.
We went back to the temple in the evening. Senthilnathaswami gave a 20-minute presentation on Hinduism Today. Then I gave one on Passing on Our Hindu Traditions: Will there be a Third generation? We were told both presentations were well received.
"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