We began a new phase today. It was also tour day and Bodhinatha signed a number of books in the minimela.
Our day began with homa.
Bodhinatha gave a marvelous upadesha today on the importance of realizing that to attain moksha we must resolve all our karmas, and that this means we need to work with life as it comes to us, including our mistakes and not simply wish that everything were quiet so we can meditate.
"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