Ravindraraj and Kumaridevi were the special guests at the homa today for the chudakarana of their little girl, Bhuma.
Kumaridevi is second generation American Hindu, having been raised with Gurudeva’s teachings since she was a little girl. She also speaks Tamil fluently. Ravindraraj works in a microchip design company and is a fine photographer as well.
So, this makes Bhuma, the little girl a third generation American Hindu.
Bodhinatha blesses Bhuma by smearing sandal paste on her shaved head. Bhuma was very content and intrigued with the whole ceremony.
"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