It's Rudraksha harvest time in the forests of the monastery. There are hundreds of thousands of cobalt blue fruits on the ground today.
They are falling on the picnic tables. Everywhere. Quite a sight!
Jonathan Anderson, our master path builder, made great progress today putting stone on the Tiruneri Path.
He is quite artistic about it, and proud that he never did this in his life yet is performing like a pro.
This is quartzite, a stone that is so hard the little critters that inhabit every cubic nanometer of the tropics (moss, algae, fungi and such) can't get a grip on it, so the path never becomes slippery.
See if you can tell which is the old and which is the new path.
"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