Brandon Carter Meixel from Rocket Science Consulting has flown in from San Franscisco to install our new RAID storage system on “Varuna,” the Aadheenam’s main onsite server for file sharing and many other IT operations within the monastery. The upgrade brings eight terabytes of online storage space plus eighteen terabytes of space for our backup system. He’s having lunch with Senthilnathaswami, who is overseeing his work. Initial installation was successful and data migration from our old RAID storage to the new is in progress, to continue through the night.
After lunch, Senthilnathaswami took our intrepid engineer for a tour of the property. Brandon assembled this photo on his iPhone using an app called Diptic, and tweeted: “Today a monk took a picture of me hanging out in nature wearing city garb. I took a picture of him in monk garb in front of a solar panel.”
"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