The Siddhidata Kulam gave their news today. Yoginathaswami has been very much focused on the second course of the Nandi Mandapam. The jointing is nearly complete, having made the levels and fitting just perfect, the silpis are ready to mortar it permanently in place.
The rest of the team has been working on upgrading our office containers: pressure washing and painting both the Siddhidata Kulam and Ganapati Kulam annex.
Yoginathaswami also watched closely and assisted the metal works who drilled holes into the archway in preparation for hanging the coming new gate.
You can see the two holes on one side. It looks simple: but let us assure you drilling holes in granite in the exact correct spot is a job!
Recall from prior TAKA Talk those perfectly placed holes will hold a magnificently designed handmade gate for pilgrims to pass through when the temple is open. On Retreat days and off hours it might be closed to indicate that the monks are scheduled for uninterrupted quiet time. Jai Ganapati, good uninterrupted quiet time for them is what makes each visit to the temple so fulfilling for each of us!
"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