We bring another retrospective today from Bodhinatha’s stay in California, with more from the satsang in Carlsbad (near San Deigo in South California.)
A rare and sacred moment in the life of a devotee to have the opportunity to come forward for blessings of the Satguru. Garlands made with love and Holy Feet covered in flowers, the Satguru smiles..
Here is Sheela's Auntie receiving blessings of the Satguru
Ravi and Sheela Rahavendran, a precious moment.
Greg Rogers offering flowers to the Satguru.
Greg Rogers, a new master course student, receiving blessings by Bodhinatha. Suparna is next, she and her husband Sethu Madhavan host Mahasivaratri every year in their home. Greg is coming to Kauai for the Mahasamadhi events.
Siva's devotees.."all the world is one family".
Sheela Auntie's sister prostrates to Bodhinatha
Meanwhile the aarthi lamp and sacraments are offered to each devotee, having first been offered to God Siva, in the form of the Satguru. Kumaran, Greg, Annie, Lavana and little Mayuresh have all taken the flame.
Jai Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami!
Almost time for Upadesha, Bodhinatha gets comfortable.
Ravi sees to the Satguru's every need reminding us that wherever the Satguru is, it his home. Sannyasin Shanmugathaswami on the right.
This is Sethu on the right, Jai Siva! All are full of joy. Sethu shared that he has circumambulated Mt. Kailash!
Shanmuganathaswami, Yogi Jivananda sitting near.
Bodhinatha chanting Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu…. before giving his talk.
Like Gurudeva before him, Bodhinatha senses every need and gives the answers to questions that have not been physically asked. Jai Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami!
"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