Gaurang and Darshana Nanavaty visited today. They are both acharyas (teachers) of the Chinmaya Mission, Houston, having completed in 1979 the first 2 and 1/2 year acharya training program held in Percy, California. Both are today instrumental in the Mission’s highly successful youth teaching programs. They attended puja, visited the temple and met with Paramacharya Palaniswami and the Acharya Arumugaswami. Arumugaswami inquired as to the details of their class programs and teacher’s training methods and then shared with them our materials on Hindu history, yama/niyamas and other resources of mutual interest.
"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