Kumara Nataraja, a devotee of Gurudeva’s for forty-one years, traveled 800 miles from his home in Seattle to the Siva Murugan Temple in Concord, California to take a vow, a brahmachariya vrata to remain celibate for the remainder of his life.
He beloved wife recently made her transition to the inner worlds, and Kumar dedicates himself now to spiritual life.
Kulapati Deva Rajan and Kulapati Easan Katir witnessed the ceremony. Gurudeva founded the Concord Temple over twenty years ago.
The local Chettiar community now maintains this popular meeting place of Gods, devas and Saiva souls.
Pujari Narayana Viswanathan Ardhanareeswaran tied the sacred cord around Brahmachari Kumara’s waist and gave his blessings for spiritual work ahead.
"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