Thushyanthan Amirthalingam in the middle with his newly wed (August this year) Renuka Nandini Murthi, from Fiji and mother, Yogamalar Amrithalingam. They are from Calgary.
He is a Level Two Master Course student and has been in touch with Sivakatirswami recently who is handling student communications. His mother is from Jaffna, Sri Lanka, just 20 miles from Alaveddy. Thushyanthan left Sri Lanka when he was only three years old.
We gave the family a tour of the publications facility. They were impressed to find an orthodox Saiva matha and temple side-by-side high tech facilities.
"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