Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Senthilnathaswami are on their way home as we write, arriving on Kauai in a few hours.
Bothinatha reports on yesterday’s events
“Sunday morning presentation at Meenakshi Temple to some 60-70 individuals. Afterwards they recalled fondly our participation in their 1999 youth retreat as well as Sadhaka Haranandinatha teaching young children there back in the 1980’s. They are opening a new building which is combination library and reception center. They want copies of our books for the library plus copies to sell in the reception center and will be contacting us with details.
“Our afternoon presentation at India House was also to a group of about sixty. It presented Hinduism Today, Hindu Unity and Media and Religion.”
Bodhinatha met with numerous devotees while in Houston.
Here are Gaurav, Ripla and little Arun Malhotra.
They flew down to Houston from Chicago just to see Bodhinatha and receive his blessings and give a special silver prasadam bowl for our temple.
Left to right: Pandit and Asha Sharma, and Asha Chaku. They have been connected with the monastery for many years and come to see Bodhinatha every time he visits Houston.
Here is Lakshmanan Panchacharam. His father lived in Nallur, Jaffna, just a short distance from the Kandaswamy Temple that is so important to our parampara. Lakshmanan was a tremendous help during our visit, driving us here, there and everywhere, all across the greater Houston area, which is quite spread out.
One Response to “Bodhinatha with Devotees in Houston”
"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