Valluvan, Thilagarani and daughter Kayshana are here on pilgrimage from Malaysia. They are enrolled Master Course students, looking forward to become formal sishyas of Bodhinatha and Kailasa Parampara.
We come to the end of a long, productive six-day phase. Here Kulapati Deva and Kulamata Gayatri Rajan have darshan with Bodhinatha. Deva has been working on the roof structures for the new art display to be installed on San Marga. Gayatri has been coming and helping out at the temple. They return home tomorrow and Deva will return again in a week to continue his seva.
We are heading into a very powerful three-day full moon retreat with the Maha Ardra Abhishekam for Lord Nataraj on Tuesday, winter solstice, the first day of Pancha Ganapati all converging.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day retreat,
until Chaturthi Tithi, Sun One, Friday, December 23th.
"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