Bodhinatha, Arumugaswami and Sadhaka Nandinatha are moving quickly in their last days in India. Here are news briefs from Bodhinatha:
Om Sivaya, everyone,
March 29th, Monday
Drove from Chennai to Tiruvannamalai checked in to Hotel. Lunch and then to the Siva temple for archana at 2:30. Were taken close to the murtis in the Siva and Parvati main shrines. Powerful vibration so close.
Short rest and then we drove to the temple and began our Giri Vallam at 6:30 PM. It took us about 4 1/2 hours to complete the 14 kilometer pilgrimage, around the hill — a bit challenging on the feet going barefoot with so many loose stones to walk on.
It was the full moon day, so the proper day for giri vallam. Easily over 100,000 participating.
Drove from Tiruvannamalai to Pondicherry. Paid a visit to the French Institute of Indology. Evening six pm meeting at hotel with Sundaramurti Sivachariar from Bangalore gurukulam plus a few of his students.
Visited a printer used by Samata Publishing, nearby Ganesha temple, another visit to the institute. Received a first portion English translation of Gnana Amritam from Dr. Ganesan.
Drove to Chidambaram after lunch. Evening meditation at the temple. and meetings with the Dikshitars.
Special 8 AM archana at Chidambaram, then drove to Tiruvavaduthurai Aadheenam and met the Kartar who was on silence. Talked about Agama project and their collection. Then to Swamimalai and Kuberan Sthapathi’s place to see the Aavudaiyar. It turned out to be a media event with with lots of reporters including Sun TV to show off the Aavudaiyar! Selvanathan and Pooni were there as well.
Next down the street for archana at Swamimalai Murugan Temple and finally drove to Thanjavur for the overnight at Sangam Hotel.
"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