Each morning at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Australia faiths share their spiritual practices and invite all to join. Today Bodhinatha held a Shum guided meditation. Palaniswami gave ten minutes of history and insight into the language of meditation and then some 24 people joined in the guided meditation,which was translated by Senthilnathaswami into English. Afterwards, several came forward to speak with Bodhiantha.
Suhag Shukla was there from HAF as was UK-based Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan, a shishya of our Hindu of the Year Sri Gopal Sharan Devacharya, seen here asking Palaniswami about Shum.
This is the yoga panel of the day, with the moderator on the far left.
We also attended a panel on Proselytization and Conversion, and listen to the delightful summary by our friend and Sri Chinmoy devotee Kusumita Pederson. After the panel we spent an hour with her discussing the important issues of conversion and whether laws against conversion should be made (she thinks not). She is working on a study of the philosophy of Sri Chinmoy and gave Bodhinatha a book of her Guru's poems which she edited. In all, a busy, busy and fruitful day Down Under.
"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