A new phase began today with our morning homa. It is countdown phase to the 2010 Kauai Innersearch, which begins in just six days. Paramacharya Palaniswami presided over the homa, which was conducted by our new Siddhanathaswami.
Palaniswami shared his reflections on the uniqueness of Kauai Aadheenam and the gratitude we all have for this place, this special gift from Gurudeva—a place inhabited by monks all following the same teachings inside themselves; a place with a temple at its center; a place of pure and unadulterated Sivaness; a place which will always have a satguru to carry forth the sampradaya and not a board of directors, a place surrounded by a core group of sincere dedicated devotees.
"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