A joyous jayanthi celebration was held last night in the Sun Palace, honoring Bodhinatha's 67th with song and gifts and more.
One gift came all the way from Singapore, sent by devotees. A travel computer case that is virtually an office on your shoulder. Bodhinatha will get lots of use of this.
A special feast was prepared, and at the end an amazing cake appeared from the kitchen. Sadhaka Nandinatha introduced what he called "A Kauai Red Dirt cake" so named because it is colored with beets and looks just like, red dirt. With a white chocolate icing.
Yum. Sadhaka cuts the first piece for Bodhinatha.
Blurry but telling photos from an iPhone in low light. Here Bodhinatha holds up a pair of sacred sandals, made of Indian Rosewood by Kanda Alahan. With elegant inlays you can barely make out here.
More gifts and more. Each gift was presented by a monk along with a little speech honoring Bodhinatha's eight years on the peedam, honoring the eight disciples of Maharishi Nandinatha, noting one of the eight siddhis of attainment and one of the eight branches of Raja Yoga.
"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