Dr. Vijay Janakiraman, from Altoona, PA, visiting with his wife and sister-in-law.
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Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Friday, April 23th.
Akkaraju Sarma and his wife Kameshwari, also from Pennsylvania. Dr. Sarma works with the Bharatiya Temple on the Health and Human Services committee. He came to discuss a possible article which would point out opportunities for America's temples to better meet the needs of the Special Needs Group within the Hindu community.
Swami Bodhinatha: It was a blessing in meeting you with Mrs.Akkaraju Kameswari last week. I was so heartned to note that my ideas expressed on the need of Hindu Mandirs to extend a hand to needy persons, as Temples in traditional India have done from time immemorial found a chord in you. I had written some materials on this subject. I submitted one to Hinduism Today. Once issues like this gets out in your strong print media, like Hinduism Today, others will more than likely look into the issues. A part of these issues have recently appeared in Hinduism Today like issues related to the settlement of Bhutanese Hindus and Diaspora related Hindu Issues. Please continue the valuable role that Adheenam is doing for Hindus in USA.
Huntingdon Valley, Pa. 19006.
"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