Here is a departure shot of Bodhinatha leaving the Aadheenam a few days ago. He and Senthilnathaswami are doing well. The have spent the last few days at the Hindu Temple anniversary celebrations in San Antonio Texas.
“Om Sivaya Everyone,
Today was the final day of the anniversary celebration. We were at the temple from 11:20 Am to 2:30 PM. Before arriving there we had a stop at Dr. Ramakrishna Rao’s. He is gifting a Ganesha murti to the Honolulu group who wrote to us. We did a puja to for this murthi.
The keynote at the temple was on prayer and meditation. Much larger group in attendance including many youth. The youth seemed to respond particularly well to the presentation.
"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