Mahogany seedlings (foreground) are being repotted to larger pots today the team of Philippino elderly ladies who come to work at the Aadheenam from time to time.
The seedlings were started from home grown seeds procured from some of our island friends.
Wire and bricks will hold the repotted seedlings upright for a year or so. Then they’ll be planted at Himalayan Acres when they’ve grown tall enough. Way off in the future they, along with trees already planted there, can be sold to help finance the activities of the monastery.
"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