Today the Siddhidata Kulam detailed their work at lunch. But the main event was Brahmachari Vel Mahalingam’s speech to the monastery, done with much humor and joy as he detailed testimony of his experience with Gurudeva and his gratitude and appreciation for all the monks and being able to stay at Kauai Aadheenam. He returns to Mauritius during our coming retreat.
Meanwhile the stream of visitors continued today. We have about 40 people in the temple for puja. Many of Dattatreya Baba’s students are still on the island and coming to the temple.
"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