Bodhinatha had a busy morning as there were many requests for darshan. Long time devotees, Kulapati and Kulamata Shyamadeva and Peshanidevi Dandapani are here from Alaska.
Meena Nagalingam on the left is daughter of Pathmaraja and Nageswary Nagalingam her from Malaysia with Shamalah Nataraja.
We have known Meena since she was just a baby in Nageswary’s arms and it is wonderful to see the next generation sitting with Gurudeva’s successor.
Mr. Durairaj from California is one of the many great temple sevaks in America. For decades he and others have worked and served selflessly at the Malibu temple in California. These families who have stay with the task of keeping our temples are the backbone of Hinduism in America.
The Durairaj family are lifetime subscribers of Hinduism Today and have known Gurudeva and the swamis for many years. They have a brief chat with Paramacharya Palaniswami.
Paramacharya Ceyonswami talks with guests in the temple.
Surendra and Dedrajie Rajpal with their sons. They are also lifetime subscribers of Hinduism Today and supporters of Iraivan. Surendra appreciates what Hinduism Today is doing and also sends and annual donation to support the magazine production. The visit Kauai every few years.
"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