Today another team of silpis concluded their two year tour of duty. They had a final darshan with Bodhinatha this morning and Kulapati Jiva Rajasankara took them to the airport this afternoon.
This team had an unusual time because for the bulk of their stay they worked without a resident architect. Working in close cooperation with Yoginathaswami, they moved the Iraivan project forward dynamically during their stay and we are all grateful for their contribution to this historic temple.
The stones for the next phase, the railings, front entrance and the balance of the Nandi Mandapam are still in the process of being carved. For this reason we will be delaying the next team’s arrival until there is sufficient work to keep them busy. This means that Iraivan and our Siddhidata Kulam will have a rest for a while.
"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