Today was a day of transit, so there's not too much to report. We drove from Haridwar to Dehradun where we then took a Kingfisher Ariline flight back to Delhi.
On the way to the airport, one could see hundreds upon hunreds of vehicles on either side of the main road. In the distance, you can see large tents and perhaps you might even be able to make out the wooden-post queue especially designed to more efficiently handle lakhs of pilgrims.
A large murthi of Shiva was on the way, too. Apparently either under construction or repair given all the scaffolding, this huge Shiva is almost exactly like the one in Grand Bassin, Mauritius. The size, facial expression, bodily posture and alankaram is the same.
Still in Haridwar on the road to Dehradun, we saw another large Shiva on the side of the road, this time He was in dhyanam on a hilltop before a temple dedicated to Him.
We spotted this colorful South Indian-style rajagopuram just past the seated Shiva on the other side of the road.
This was an uncanny and serendipitous moment which took us by surprise. Here we are, we made it to the Dehradun airport getting ready to leave for Delhi, and who should arrive to take the same flight? The very guru of Mahamandaleshwar Juna Acharya Sri Swami Avdheshanandji -- Sri Satyanmitranand Giriji Maharaj! We had no idea of this, it was most unexpected.
We had just come back from his disciple, Sri Avdheshanand Swamiji's ashram in Haridwar and heard such marvelous things about him.
Swamiji is 100 years old, yet still very spry and full of vigor.
And whom else should be taking the very same flight and walk in the room just after Swamiji? Sri Sadhvi Bhagavati of Parmarth Niketan of Rishikesh, Sri Swami Chidanand Saraswati (Muniji's) ashram.
We all enjoyed this divine meeting together!
Later that evening, after having arrived in Delhi, Bodhinatha and Arumugaswami met with the staff of Motilal Publishers. They are working currently on reprinting another edition of Gurudeva's Loving Ganesha and the Trilogy.
Bodhinatha and Arumugaswami also discussed reprinting Dancing with Siva's glossary as a separate, small book. We also discussed the nature of Hinduism Today magazine in India, the process of book reviewing, and many other literary subjects.
Details and concepts of printing and layout were discussed, along with potential projects of the future. A fuitful meeting was had by all.
"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