Some special preparations are being made for the November 11-14 Mahasamadhi Observations. One is an interactive art project (which is a bit of a secret but you will see it on TAKA when it is unveiled. Here, Indian artist S. Rajam sketches Gurudeva at the homa, offering ghee into the fires of consciousness. Pilgrims will color it.
Nigel Sivam drew this delightful version, with Lord Ganesha attending (who wouldn't want to be there for a satguru's Siva homa).
Another batch of ancient photos have been scanned and just arrived.
Gurudeva meets with other visiting dignitaries.
His 1987 arrival in Mauritius, greeted by the Sivacharya and leaders of the nation.
"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