A new doctor on Kauai, Dr. Owen Prentice, came for a visit today with his wife, Melissa, who is a French teacher. Here they are visiting with Paramacharya Palaniswami.
After Owen completed his medical training on the East Coast, he and Melissa lived in New Zealand for two years, growing their own food, living off the land, then they moved to Honolulu for a year. Now Owen works at the Kauai Medical Clinic and Wilcox Hospital in Lihue, specializing in emergency medicine.
"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