Sweet group of souls today for our public tour. If these groups are a true sampling of American consciousness, it is easy to be encouraged. So open and respectful of different approaches to God and spiritual discovery.
During the recent Ayudhya puja time we gained a new appreciation for the Silpis and the chisels that they shape and forge. The sharp chisels for fine detail last only about five minutes of carving time before they must be re-forged. Our guests are utterly amazed that we have been carving this temple for twenty years now.
"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