Bodhinatha, Arumugaswami and Nandinatha have reached Rishikesh where millions are gathered for the once-every-12-years Kumbha Mela on the River Ganges.
They are staying at several major ashrams, having been invited by the swamis as special guests.
In two days they will cross the river and stay at Parmath Niketan, to be with Swami Chidananda Saraswati, shown here in red shawl.
After visiting the Kumbh mela of 1895, Mark Twain wrote:
"It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining."
" It is done in love, or it is done in fear; I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is, the act born of it is beyond imagination marvelous to our kind of people, the cold whites."
Wonderful to see our dear Gurudeva gracing the largest gathering of humanity on earth. May the Maha Kumbha Mela attract more media attention for sheer numbers and peacefulness, than the current media obsession on the relatively few frustrated souls scrapping in the desert.
"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