Here is another snippet from our Hinduism Today interviews in Melbourne. One day, Swami Avdheshanand, the head of the Juna Akhara (an order of 500,000 sadhus) in North India, and a recipient of our Hindu of the Year award, invited Bodhinatha, Palaniswami and Senthilnathaswami to lunch at the home of a devotee he was staying with in a Melbourne suburb.
Swamiji had this to say: “Hinduism Today magazine is a wonderful work. It’s a divine work, and I can say it is the work of God. That is the only work that can perpetuate our values, principles, parampara, sampradaya, all our traditions, cultures, customs. So, really, I am very happy. I appreciate all of you. I admire all of you. And I salute all of you because Hinduism Today is a wonderful work on this Earth. I have only word for Hinduism Today, that is a divine work. You are doing God’s work. Amazing, Swamiji, amazing. I admire this work because Hinduism Today is sustaining, promoting, emphasizing, preserving, cultivating ethics and values. Hinduism Today is the face of Hindu culture, tradition, Hindu values. This is not only a magazine, this is the face, this is the soul of Hindu values. Hinduism Today’s work is divine work.”
(And yes, the head of India’s largest order of sadhus carries a Blackberry. He felt quite comfortable with us, with our iPhones and all.)
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Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.