Morning visit to Brihadeeswarar temple then a drive to Kovilur to visit Kovilur Mutt and it’s head, our long time friend, Nachiappa Gnana Desika Swamigal. We had a good conversation. He mentioned he feels Gurudeva is very close to him and helping him regularly. In the afternoon, we drove to Pillaiyarpati where we had archana to the Ganesha, tea and then a three hour gathering for opening a public library at Pichchai Gurukal’s Veda Agama Pathasala. Picchai Gurukal, as was expected, took time to show us the painting we did for him of the gifting of Agamas. A late drive to Madurai got us to our hotel by 11 PM.
"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