As we departed San Antonio, God Siva blessed us with a very nice vahana for our guru for the long drives to Austin, Fort Worth, Shreveport (Louisiana) and Houston. Here's Bodhinatha, ready for his road trip.
In Austin, we were hosted by Kumari Devi Sivam and her husband Ravi Ramaraju, mother Vasuki and daughter Bhuma. They enjoyed having darshan with Bodhinatha in our North Austin hotel.
The Austin Hindu Temple is building a traditional temple, and currently they have this large hall housing all the Deities.
Bodhinatha gave his presentation to a crowd of about 40 people here on Monday evening.
It was our great pleasure to run into Paulette Reynolds and Roze Chikiar (Roze pictured here), the mother and sister of our very own Sadhaka Rajanatha. Paulette and Roze visited Kauai in 2009, and it was nice to reconnect on their home turf.
Next was up north to Fort Worth, where Bodhinatha spoke for the second time at the Hindu Temple of Fort Worth's temporary facility.
This tight-knit group has acquired a beautiful piece of land and is also in the process of planning for building a traditional temple.
Dr. Subrahmanyam Boyareddi is the chairman of this temple. He is a great fan of the monastery and everything we do. Bodhinatha generously gave a copy of our Master Course Trilogy for the temple library.
Next we drove east to beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana. Stay tuned for more on that!
"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