[Photo: Bodhinatha being greeted at the airport in Malaysia]
Today the Pillaiyar Kulam gave their news. Shanmuganathswami told tales of all the shipping scenarios that go on in his world: many of them quite unusual, such as a shipment of rudraksha beads ending up in one part of the country while a shipment bound for Honolulu arrived at the destination meant for the beads in Atlanta!
The Stewards had their quarterly Hindu Heritage Endowment meeting. To get ready for this Siddhanathaswami did a lot of accounting in advance. Also the books and summaries for 2010 finances are closed and one amazing fact surfaced.
Who do you think was the second largest contributor to Iraivan Building fund in 2010?
The Wailua Mission! They clean and string the Rudraksha beads from our own forest, and the sales were abundant in the MiniMela. The entire proceeds to to Iraivan. Amazing! More on this later.
"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