Shyamadeva Dandapani was on duty today hosting guests. He writes
Here are First time visitors: Virgil and Elizabeth Bastos from Brooklyn, NY and Toni and Bruce Roberts from Tulsa, OK.
The Lal family, Srirish, Rahal, Anisha Anuradha and Jaya, from Monroe, LA with Anuradha’s parents, Durga
and Sushila Agrawal from Houston, TX. Anuradha said she still has the rudrakshas she got from the trip to
Kauai when she was eleven years old.
The Lals and Agrawals listening attentively to Bodhinathaa’s answers to their questions.
The Lals and Agrawals having darshan with Bodhinatha.
"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