The recent Golden Gate Mission Satsang was full of lovely songs.
Devika singing at satsang; Bhavani accompanying
K Padmanabhan and wife Visalakshi are Venkat and Jayashree’s (her parents) are visiting their daughter in San Ramon.They are from a town near Chennai. Will be here ’til August. Visalakshi sang a beautiful Muruga song. Both mother and daughter sang Muruga songs today which uplifted us all.
In the other pictures, Devika sang and Jothi Param did as well, Bhavani Param played veena. Lots of culture today.
I didn’t get a picture, but Deepa Param spent two days cooking the entire feast for satsang today, served on biodegradable plates made of sewn-together leaves. It was delicious, and a nice break for all the other ladies, who ordinarily bring pot luck.
"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