Our Siddhidata Kulam reported on their work this phase. They put a lot of effort into post storm clean up, our garden and the on-going maintenance of our entire physical infrastructure.
On other fronts, we had a very unusual tour day the other day because everyone was very interested in metaphysics and the Pillaiyar Kulam informs us that they sold 5 sets of the Master Course Trilogy and many other books.
On other fronts, Bodhinatha, Paramacharya Palaniswami and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami are very focused now on preparing for their trip and participation at the Parliament of the World Religions in Melbourne, Australia, where it is summer time now with temperature reaching 110 degrees fahrenheit.
We got an interesting query from a Hinduism Today reader who is using quotes from Dancing with Siva on Newsweek blog discussions.
"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