Bodhinatha met today with two Level One Master course students, John Stern and Larry Otis. Both men have years of background in meditation and sadhana and are serious about their spiritual unfoldment and plan to move forward into Level Two of the study.
Larry Otis has called himself a Siva worshipper for many years, having associated with Kashmir Saivism for many years. He’s happy to find Gurudeva’s teaching which offers the fullness of Saiva culture and be able to be in direct touch with a spiritual preceptor. He does sadhana daily, and loves the Master Course
"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