Sadhaka Nandinatha will be sending photo documentaries of the trip at later times as he is able. Today he brings us his view of the first day in Mauritius.
Our arrival in Mauritius was filled with ebullient singing and lots of smiles from our beautiful devotees there. Here we see Bodhinatha being greeted just outside Mauritius’ airport.
Directly from the airport, we visited Swami Pranavananda of Chinmaya Mission on the island. Here, Swami welcomed Bodhinatha in the mission’s temple/ashram complex. This is a Siva temple.
Bodhinatha spoke on the similarities between Gurudeva’s teachings and Swami Chinmayananda’s.
Swami Pranavananda and Bodhinatha had a long and stimulating conversation on the nature of Hinduism in Mauritius. Mauritius is impressive in it’s ability to house vast and varied ideologies while maintaining respect and harmony.
Swami and Bodhinatha stroll along the outside of the Siva temple.
Swami Pranavananda, a direct disciple of Swami Chinmayananda, lives here alone at the ashram. He maintains the power within the temple by doing daily pujas to the Deities therein. Swamiji makes frequent trips to the neighboring isle of Réunion. Nearly 80, Swamiji works tirelessly at fostering maintaining a positive Hindu identity for the Hindus of his native land of Mauritius.
"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