The week Down Under is still unraveling its amazing energy in our lives, as we connect with those we met in Melbourne during the "world's largest interfaith gathering."
The Hinduism today editorial team is just today completing an article for the next edition of the magazine, which you can all look forward to reading. For today, we offer a phew photos and some reflections on the event.
Some 200 religions were said to be represented among the 6,000 who attended.
It is not uncommon for the great saints and acharyas of Hinduism to meet one another at massive gatherings, especially within India, but the Parliament of the World's Religions proved to be something special.
Yes, there were great Hindu leaders there, but they were not just mingling among themselves. They were discussing issues with the world's leading rabbis and bishops, imams and leaders of dozens of world faiths.
1. That intersection of religions holds the potential for cross-pollination between faiths, and the creating of links and understandings that may, if pursued thoughtfully, even bring into focus solutions to the many plights facing the human race.
The issues in Melbourne were staggering: climate catastrophe, poverty, wars, justice, the rights of indigenous peoples, interfaith harmony and more.
But the mood was sanguine, and the voices of hope bold.
In cloistered chambers Hindus were both teaching and touching the hearts of humanity, though its leaders.
In the halls business cards were exchanged, harbingers of collaborations yet to come, conversations yet to happen.
The swamis from around the world had a poised presence and a powerful message of peace, compassion and tolerance.
In all, one had the impression that the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists were not only a colorful delegation of their traditions but a unique voice of the Parliament, one that was more internal, more grounded in the powerful possibility of a change of consciousness as a key among the solutions that the human race must embrace.
A Buddhist message of peace provided a fitting climax as the Dalai Lama urged humanity toward higher ideals, gentle means and a sense of the oneness of all.
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"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