Day Six of innersearch was a powerful and packed experience beginning with morning Muruga puja and meditation guided by Siddhanathaswami.
Later in the morning Acharya Arumugaswami gave a class on Vasana Daha Tantra and prayer writing. Many innersearch gave powerful testimony on the results of their prayers being answered.
Later in the morning we had tours of the garden, carpentry shop, cow barn and a presentation of future publication initiatives in the Media Studio
After lunch everyone went to the river for Ganga Sadhana.
Putting all thoughts into the river on a leaf and thanking the river with a flower.
Acharya Kumarswami guided the group.
Then we had a guided tour of Iraivan by Sannyasin Yoginathaswami.
The silpis demonstrated various aspects of their working procedures.
Little Lyla Kovacs was very attentive.
leveling and marking long stones.
Participants put their hand to offer sand to fill up the the space under one of the stones in front of the sanctum.
Then off for dinner at Lydgate Park. First a stop at the Peace Pole installed there earlier this year by the monks. Sivakatirswami tells the tale of the Japanese origin of the “Words of Power”
May Peace Prevail on Earth
a message that has spread all around the world
Next we had a light hearted performance during dinner by a local hula halau.
It was a joy to see these young children so energetic, talented and obviously happy and healthy carrying on the island cultural traditions. Then everyone was off to the hotel for a good rest after a long but filled-with-marvels day.
"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