December 6, Yoginathaswami and Arumugaswami were at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation in Bangalore to visit their priest training school, or padasala. Every Monday morning they perform Rudra Abhishekam to a crystal Siva Lingam with all the padasala boys chanting. As Sri Sri was himself in residence, he personally performed the puja before some 800 ashram residents and guests.
From the top of the lotus-shaped meditation hall. We noted the natural amphitheater, a design which could be used on San Marga for the rainbow amphitheater.
A view toward the residence halls, and at left the free feeding all with a roof full of solar water heaters used for the cooking. At right is a long line off to the horizon where they are installed a 12-foot diameter pipe to bring water from the Cauvery River 80 miles into Bangalore City. The pipeline passes right through the ashram grounds.
The ashram’s elephants move by. We have some movie footage of them we’ll post later.
Sundaramurthy Sivam introduces our monks, telling about his visit to Kauai Aadheenam.
We explained to the boys our program for preserving and translating the Saiva Agamas. The padasala may work with the project.
Posing for group photo.
The swamis meet with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. He joked while the photo was being taken than he should be standing on a stool next to Yoginathaswami, who’s head barely cleared the ceiling.
Sundaramurthy Sivam and the padasala boys who hosted us during our brief stay.
"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