We had our tour day yesterday and after viewing the monastery grounds, Iraivan Temple site and sitting in the radiance of Kadavul Siva Temple, guests are often blessed to enter the mini mela and find our Satguru waiting to greet them and happy to sign their book purchases.
Yesterday’s radiant sunny day brought a big group of souls up the “spine of the dragon” (as Kuamo’o Road is sometimes referred to as it rises on a ridge between two valleys) to experience the rare, the exotic, the ineffable!
While evening rains are now routine again the days are sun drenched.
The Rajagopuram reigns supreme!
“There is no such thing as a tourist” a swami told me once upon a time. All are perfect souls on pilgrimage!
Our dear and most immediate neighbor, Joe Stoddard, who has patiently endured years of traffic and parking in his front yard came later in the morning for a private tour with his youngest grandson and his son in law. He is 89 years old and takes long walks every day with youthful exuberance.
It is rare experience indeed to actually meet a Satguru after hearing so much about them on the tour.
"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