Rudiren, 31, originally from Mauritius, is now a young professor at the century-old famed University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban South Africa, which bills itself as “the Premier University of African Scholarship.”
Rudiren met with Bodhinatha today. He met Gurudeva years ago in Mauritius as a young teenager and has been close to our Church members there for many years. He started the Course several years ago and, having completed Level Three, will become an Arul Sishya in a few days.
He and Bodhinatha talked about Saivism in South Africa and the interesting way it developed there in the Tamil community over the decades. Rudiren attends a traditional small Siva temple, near the university whose priest is from Sri Lanka and has been serving there for 20 years.
Durban is a beautiful upscale seaside port city (think of San Francisco in Africa) with a population of 3.5 million. Twenty-five percent are Indian and of them 60% are of Tamil background. The city is known for its Indianized with the largest Asian population in South Africa, with many bazaars, shops, restaurants and temples.
Durban is South Africa’s largest Port City, with spectacular beaches and a big tourism industry of people who come for vacation on the beautiful African coast.
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"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