Amey Deosthali family is visiting from Dallas. They follow the Sri Vidya tradition and were planning to bring their guru, Shrigurudev Shriniwas Siddhacharya, to meet Bodhinatha also, however he couldn’t make it at the last minute.
The Sri Vidya tradition shares many similarities with Saiva Siddhanta and Dakshinamurti figures prominently, so tomorrow the family will enjoy visiting our big Dakshinamurti when they see Iraivan Temple tomorrow.
Today is the last day of Sadhu Paksha and energy is high at the Aadheenam as we look forward to starting a new season and the annual Maha Ardra Abhishekam for Lord Nataraja on Tiruvembavai day, the 21st which is also the first day of Pancha Ganapati.
This is also the last phase of the Dakshinayane period of the year and the winter solstice will see the sun moving North and days getting longer again.
"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