Nagendra Arakali and family from Denver with his wife’s parents from Bangalore. They are devotees of the Sringiri Mutt and Sringiri Shankaracharya in India.
Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati visiting from from Svaroopa Vidya Ashram near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She took her brahmachariya vows under Swami Muktananda and later received sannyasa from Swami Shankarananda (another swami initiated by Swami Muktananda)
Lord Siva is the Supreme Being of the universe, not one of many gods. To Saivites Siva is the supreme being; to Vaishnavites Vishnu is the supreme being. The soul starts with experiencing the world. On one side the soul is pulled by veiling grace toward the world. On the inside the soul is pulled by revealing grace toward God. Resolving karma, maturing in the world, fulfilling dharma, we move toward imperturbability, realization, moksha.