It is Sun Five at the Aadheenam. Bodhinatha is back and resting before taking up the many communications and work that he does guiding along the mission of the Kailasa Parampara and developing teachings when he is here at the Aadheenam.
He said that the journey to Malaysia was uplifting and commented that we have a new young inspired generation of 18-25 year olds coming up in Malaysia who have an interest in the teachings.
Two members in Malaysia took significants steps on the Saiva Neri. Our dear sister Brahmacharini Gowri Nadason received her Vishesha Diksha initiation from Bodhinatha, making her a full Diksha Sishya in our fellowship. This is an important stage in spiritual life when the devotee comes into a deeper relationship with God Siva through the inner process of kriya yoga that unfolds through daily puja and worship.
And young Puventhiran took his Arul Sishya vrata vows, being one of the first of our young teenagers who have reached the age of 18, who, having been children of members, now step up on their own volition, to become sishya of the parampara on their own two feet, so to speak, instead of just being under their parents wings.
At home here, our visitor traffic has slowed a bit as everyone has now gone back to work for the fall quarter, bringing vacation travels to an end. All the monks are busy as bees in the sublime atmosphere here.
"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