Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathswami departed today for a two-week mission that will touch down in Maryland, Trinidad, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Chicago and Nashville.
The first stop in Maryland will be to join the devotees there for the annual festival at the Murugan temple in Lanham. Then they will be off to the Caribbean for a 5 days in Trinidad, 2 days in Guyana and two days in Saint Lucia.
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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