Siva held His own celebration last night at sunset, filling the sky with an amazing and rarely seen display of vivacity. This iPhone photo was taken from the monastery courtyard as several monks gathered to silently witness it.
Another miraculous sky event occured during our full moon retreat. Here is the report:
We had a surprising spectacle last night, right after night fell, a rainbow caused by the rising full moon shining on a drizzle-shower moving toward Waialeale.
The spectrum was very pale, so it looked like an albino rainbow, shining there, in the night. Billions of tiny raindrops each reflecting back an image of the moon. Billions of little moons shining over Waialeale and Iraivan.
None of us had ever seen or even heard of such a phenomenon.
It is in Wikipedia under Moonbow. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonbow. But all the references and photos there are of moonbows caused by spray at the foot of a waterfall and none of them is a full arc. Whereas ours was a rain rainbow and it was a full arc.
This little bridge is new. It crosses the stream and waterfall in Rishi Valley.
Tandu Sivanathan helped Palaniswami to build it over the retreat, giving pilgrims a new way to walk over to Iraivan Temple.
"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