The cruise ship is in port today. A special tour group of 200 Hindus was on board. Half of them came to the temple this morning. They showered their affection and appreciation on the temple and Gurudeva as they left.
The Gujarati Patel community is noted for their generosity toward sadhus. Our own monks have sat in meditation at Rameshwaran only to come back to the conscious mind to find coins placed before them by the North Indians on pilgrimage to the south. Today they continued that tradition by giving “bhiksha” (alms to monks) to Gurudeva.
"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