Kanda Alahan is on his way back home and came for Bodhinatha's blessings. During the days following the Mahasamadhi ceremony he has been helping the monastery with a special woodworking project.
Priti and Rajiv Khoshoo from Irvine, California and Priti's sister, Sheela Datt, from New Delhi. They are Kashmiri Shaivites. Their many fine questions evoked a wonderfully mystical talk from Bodhinatha about the evolution of the soul towards moksha through many lifetimes and the inner workings of the reincarnation process.
Lord Siva is the Supreme Being of the universe, not one of many gods. To Saivites Siva is the supreme being; to Vaishnavites Vishnu is the supreme being. The soul starts with experiencing the world. On one side the soul is pulled by veiling grace toward the world. On the inside the soul is pulled by revealing grace toward God. Resolving karma, maturing in the world, fulfilling dharma, we move toward imperturbability, realization, moksha.