Bodhinatha, Arumugaswami and Sadhaka Nandinatha are moving quickly in India. No time for sending photos. But we will see them all later.
Bodhinatha sends brief snippets from their journey:
Om Sivaya, everyone,
Definitely the photos will give a better impression of what we are experiencing than the words. Omkarananda Ashram took us to two of their nearby schools in the morning, Omkarananda Saraswati Nilayam and Omkarananda Management and Technology Institute. English medium where we gave a talk on BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India and China)
Evening was attending the navaratri homa in their Agamic temple for Rajarajeshvari (They are Sri Vidya tradition) Felt like being at Kailash Ashram, Bangalore, good chanting.
The swami is from Switzerland and the Kumari is from Germany.
Visit to Sivananda Ashram, (Divine Live Society) interview with the president and tour of the facility. Interesting was visiting the living quarters of Swami Sivananda next to the Ganges, very inner vibration and also that of Chidananda Saraswati which was next to it.
Then to Parmath Niketan. Lunch and opening discussions with Muniji. Evening 6 PM hour long arati ceremony at the Ganges ( need photos to grasp it all)
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Navami Tithi, Sun One, Wednesday, March 24th.
"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