Bodhinatha’s talk today was a commentary on Merging with Siva, Unqualified Surrender and the internalization of worship.
Essence of wisdom and love art Anma.
Vain art deluding charms of weal and woe!
How can these defile your nature?
Can a mirage dissolve the solid ground?
The gracious Feet of the illumined Guru,
Praise with yearning love to thy utmost.
Recall not the chain of past events.
Invoke His grace with ardent zeal.
Like the surge of water from a sluice,
In continual fervour poised in Oneness,
Enjoy in samadhi the nectar of sweet felicity,
Freed from the tension of ends and means.
Thus do thou realise the goal of Mukti (attainment).
Yogi Jivananda performs our homa to start the new phase.
“You and I, He and It,
Fire and water, air and ether,
Corporeal and ethereal beings and all
In dissolution become one with Him.”
Arise early and praise his lustrous Feet.
Worship Him and don the holy ash.
Chant the Letters Five ceaselessly.
Weep and yearn for his Grace.
Honour thy father and mother.
Cherish all beings as you cherish yourself.
Be as expansive as the sky.
Foster the good virtues with zeal;
And do thy duty, do it well.
Let the body act in unison with the mind;
Know thyself and become ThySelf.
A balanced life do thou espouse,
Not perturbed by the tide of ebb and flow.
Sing in praise and chant His Name
For ever with translucent clarity.
Seek not fleeting joys and gains.
Be a mother in abundance of Love, and repose
In the quiescence of speechless felicity.
Thus live for e’er in blissful serenity.
"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