Our last day at Camp Sloggett in Koke’e began with a spirited yoga class, pranayama and meditation with Sivakatirswami and Kumarswami. It had been a cold night and the morning was still chilly, but after many Surya Namaskarams we were thoroughly warm and ready for another exceptional day.
We headed to an outdoor area for a puja honoring Satguru Yogaswami and all felt the specialness of this small puja and the connection that we have with our lineage. Palaniswami shared the history of two of the few photos that exist of Yogaswami. Both taken by a young boy in Sri Lanka: the first (Yogaswami sitting in meditation) was taken without Yogaswami’s prior knowledge and the second (sitting in a chair on a porch) with his agreement.
Packing for our return journey took only a few moments as we brought only backpacks with us to the camp. We were sad to leave. It had been a wonderful three days of classes, so much good food, opportunities to enjoy this actinic location and extraordinary entertainment. The purity of this place had added to our meditations and inner experiences.
We boarded the bus once more, headed for Kaua’i Beach Resort, with a stop for a delicious lunch at the Hanapepe Bakery Cafe and an hour of retail therapy at the nearby art and gift shops.
Stay tuned for additional diary entries in the days to come!
"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