We began a new phase today, without homa, deferring our high ceremonial till tomorrow morning’s Chitra puja for Gurudeva this month.
Bodhinatha, Shanmuganathswami and Siddhanathaswami will also be departing for California tomorrow for their annual mainland “Donor Appreciation” events, and another leg to meet devotees in Oregon and Seattle.
Meanwhile get many testimonies from pilgrims to Kauai who return home changed souls. We are sharing this on today from a pilgrim who wishes to remain anonymous:
“My husband, son, daughter and I visited Kauai several years ago and we were all awe struck by the natural surroundings and its beauty. What was even more wonderful was the peaceful feeling that overtook me when I was on the temple grounds. It was one of those rare moments of bliss that you feel when you don’t feel anything about yourself and enjoy the moment. We visited the temple two days in a row and were present during the special abhishekam. All of us were there bright and early to be a part of it. My son was in his final year of high school and I had some concerns about him. I was afraid that he was not meeting the full potential of the special intelligence that God has given him (I suppose most parents feel this way). I did have a lot to be thankful for… he was not into drugs, alcohol etc. But like most teens, his behavior altered and I was not adjusting to it well. Bodhinatha swami must have sensed my anguish while we were in his presence. But being in the temple with all of you had a very calming effect on me.
“After returning home, I would fall asleep many nights thinking about the peaceful feeling of the temple. One night I felt as though Bodhinatha Swami flew over my bed. I opened my eyes and sat up. I could smell sandalwood. It was hard to explain the fragrance if it was a dream. I understood it to mean that Bodhinatha Swami was blessing my family and that perhaps I should alter my thinking to have some peace of mind.
“My son has since graduated high school and college and is currently employed. He has the drive and ambition that I had hoped he would have to live a good, healthy and prosperous life. This is all with the blessings of all of you. Thank you very much.
I am very happy for you. Having faith in a Satguru and lord Siva can make you overcome obstacles. I believe you fully when you tell about the smell of sandalwood and the presence of Satguru.
Jai Satgru Bodhinatha!
"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