The Aadheenam is intensely busy as Arumugaswami and Yoginathaswami prepare to depart for India.
The Ganapati Kulam reported on its work today. As ever Hinduism Today Magazine work continues as we move steadily forward in work on the January 2010 edition.
Paramacharya Palaniswami is also preparing a presentation for the bi-annual seed exchange which happens on Kauai. He and Senthilnathaswami are also getting ready to go to an Adobe Conference in California where they will be getting some important input on taking print publications forward into digital formats, which is a big revolution underway right now in the publishing universe.
We also working on a major upgrade of the Hinduism Today Digital Edition, which will be newly named “Hinduism Today Navigator.” This will be a free broadband program. Users will, on installation, get the entire corpus of all Hinduism Today back issues on their hard drive (as text-html documents) and will be able to search them all locally. The option to download the PDF for the edition will still be there if you want to have the full color version on your hard drive also.
For those interested in dance, we have a very unusual article coming up of the earliest American dancers who started to dance Indian dance, even though they had not been to India! Some of them in the story knew Gurudeva. It is a fascinating piece the shows how India’s cultural seeped into American in the early 1900’s.
For those whose browsers locked up on yesterday’s TAKA, we had an embedded Flash player object that played a beautiful song about Lord Murugan in Cincinatti, a murthi which had been given by Gurudeva. We suggest you upgrade to the latest version of the browser you are using, and also upgrade to the latest version of Flash. If that does not work and you are using a PC with Windows, then the best we can suggest is: get a Apple/Mac.
"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