After spending time with the Sishya and several events in Singapore, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Paramacharya Palaniswami are on their way home, in a plane some where high in the sky as we write. They will be back on Kauai tomorrow morning.
At home the monks completed another productive phase. The Ganapati Kulam gave their news today. Acharya Kumarswami is working on a huge article on the Hindu view of the environment and climate change for the April 2011 issue of Hinduism Today being done in collaboration with Matthew McDermott who is one of the senior writers for TreeHugger.com. In fact Matthew is here from New York, staying on Kauai for a week or so. Acharya Arumugaswami is preparing to leave for India for a short 5 day trip to handle some projects there that can only be done “hands on.” The rest of the team is working on the digital side of life, getting videos moving forward (see below), preparing for the web deployment of the January 2011 issue which officially launches on the 1st of December.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Ekadasi Tithi, Sun One, Tuesday, November 30th.
"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