Here are two young couples all the way from New Jersey on a short pilgrimage. Very devout, they came for the early morning Muruga puja today and dropped by our media lab. Vikas and Aparne Chawla, and Rajendar and Najuk Pakanati.
They are devotees of Sri Sri Pandit Ravi Sankar. They have been reading our publications for years, and use them to teach children. What is Hinduism they say is a key resource for their families. They encouraged the monks to get some mobile apps out with Hindu content.
"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