Bodhinatha gave a very interesting talk today about the difference between “jnana” as understood in general discussions pertaining to Vedanta and the it’s meaning as a stage of Realization Saiva Siddhanta.
Religion needs to be of the present. Mankind is evolving spiritually; mass consciousness is rising. When we go to the temple, in the right spirit, contributing devotion and prana, being open to the blessings of the Deity; it purifies the mind. The Hindu religion focuses on the mind; purifies it; controls it, subdues the ego, makes us more humble.