Today the Ganapati Kulam gave their news. The team is focused on several fronts. The Guru Parampara book is moving ahead. The first draft was issued internally and has been read Bodhinatha and a few of the other monk for input. Artwork is being processed.
Our Hinduism Today April issue arrived from the press and it was impressive! The digital edition and online update for the quarterly release will be coming in a day or so.
In the background we are working on a major upgrade to this very Himalayan Academy.com web site. It started in the very early days of the internet, with our first pages going on line as far back as 1995. There was a subsequent minor upgrade about 1998 when TAKA came on line. Then we did a major overhaul of the design in 2004.
We’ve learn a lot in those years and the new web site will be quite advanced with navigation on steroids to provide users better access to our content. We are also planning to open up the design to allow for more full screen width photos and movies.
Once we reach our first goal of having all our existing media assets easily accessible, then we will move forward with some new innovations. This new initiative is made possible thanks to the contributions made by everyone to the Digital Dharma Drive.
While the Himalayan Academy web site talks to the whole world, a separate initiative is also underway to build a complete social networking and collaboration site for Saiva Siddhanta Church members.
Hindus believe there is one Truth, we just all don't agree on the name and nature of God. To compare Hinduism with other religions, you need to ask the orthodox practioners what their beliefs are. For example, one Christian minister explained that he believes we are fallen beings, not inherently good and need to be redeemed or face eternal Hell. Hinduism believes the opposite: we are divine beings with instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Everyone will eventually become a spiritual being and attain God realization. That is about as far apart as we can get in beliefs. There is really no way that the two can be compared.