Though today had many appointments, they are all in the GRT Grand hotel--no need to drive all day around a city with high temperatures!
Appointments included Nellaiappan family, Sheela, a small Chennai publisher Samata, our Agama project priest team, Ananth Master Course student from Bangalore, Jiva Kanmanai Thuri and Swapna, a San Marga Trust meeting.
March 28th, Sunday (yesterday in India)
Day began by attending a gathering at Yogasana Alayam and giving a talk which Nellaiappan translated. The president Kalyanasundarm came to Kauai some time ago and has started a regular homa with prayer burning as one of their activities.
Back to the hotel and a few meetings with Sriram, an online devotee, a neighbor of Nellaiappan’s who is doing a translation, the Manivel family and lunch at the hotel with Gunalan.
Afternoon was a trip to Chinmaya Mission for a talk and questions answers with a gathering of their youth.
Evening was a meeting with Dr. Ganapati. He is the chief editor of the Tirumantiram translation. He has a deep appreciation for the Siddha tradition and on the monistic versus pluralistic debate takes the monistic side. He translated two of the chapters (tantras) of Tirumantiram himself and coordinated the translation of the rest.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Thursday, April 1st.
"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