During his short stay in Mauritius, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami paid a courtesy to the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Sir Aneerood Jugnauth (right) at the State House at Reduit.
A souvenir photo with Acharya Arumugaswami, Kulapati Manon Mardemootoo and Kulapati Rajen Manick.
Bodhinatha signing the visitor's book at the State House.
The state House is a very beautiful castle built in the 18th century and is now the residence of the President. One is impressed by its cool air pervading and its well kept lawns and lush green vegetation.
After leaving the State House, Bodhinatha paid another courtesy visit to the Minister of Education, Culture and Human Resources, Hon. Vasant Bunwaree. Bodhinatha offered a few of the Church publications to the Minister.
Bodhinatha talked about the teaching materials the Himalayan Academy is currently publishing to help Hindus better understand their religious heritage. One was the publication on Hinduism History.
Minister Vasant Bunwaree holding one of the publications on Parenting With Love, said this was a wonderful asset for parents at a time when we often hear issues about child abuse.
A short stop over on the way to the south of the island, at Grand Bassin sacred lake where one is welcomed by the huge statue of Lord Siva. This place attracts thousands of pilgrims during Maha Sivaratree every year.
Blessings from Lord Siva!
In Tirumurai 4.81.4, Saint Appar sung the glory of Lord Siva as follows:
"If you could see the arch of his brow, the budding smile on lips red as the kovai fruit, cool, matted hair, the milk-white ash on coral skin and the sweet golden foot raised up in dance, then even human birth on this wide Earth would become a thing worth having."
"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