We return to that yesteryear (OK yesterweek) in Melbourne, Australia, to the magical time. Here Bodhinatha is being introduced by our host Dr. Sunder, who was instrumental in bringing the Hawaii team to the Parliament.
The ultra-modern Melbourne Convention Center is massive, open, high-tech and brand new.
Hinduism was represented richly. Here the president of a Hare Krishna college in Spain speaks.
Dada Vasvani, 92, gave one of the most moving talks of the week, calling on the human race to Stop All Killing. If you did not see his video on YouTube, it's worth 11 minutes to hear his amazing appeal. It's here: http://bit.ly/6eIhqc
Buddhists move gracefully to their next panel.
Catholics and Jews in informal dialog.
Back to opening night, with the entire Melbourne Philharmonic and Chorus on stage, with an aboriginal front and center.
There was Indian dance,
and Sikh chanting
and Zoroastrian offerings.
In the halls two Chinese dragons are locked in mock combat.
He spoke not a word of English, but this Chinese Buddhist was among the brightest lights.
Muslims at the Hare Krishna booth.
The Sikh's had by far the most amazing display. You can walk through this giant exhibition, rooms within rooms of Sikh history, philosophy and photos. Hindus need to create a traveling unit like this for global communication.
"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