Pero and T. K. Venkatachalam from Chattanoga, TN and daughter Sandhya from San Francisco
fulfilling their desire to see Iraivan Temple today.
Joining the Venkatachalms to see Iraivan Temple today are Richard and Dianne Warder from Memphis, TN and Clifford and Diana Knox from Salt Spring Island, BC Canada. All were in awe of the Temple craftsmanship and the peaceful beauty of the land and river.
"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