Summer is here and the sun is already up as we approach the temple for our Sun One homa. Nandi sits absolutely still, majestic, with 100% unwavering focus on Lord Nataraja.
Inside the homa begins.
Gurudeva had a close relationship with Lord Hanuman who is mystically connected with the Iraivan temple. Hanuman always joins us for the homa.
Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami presides in Bodhinatha’s absence.
Many prayers are burned.
Lord Agni, the Divine Messenger is the portal between worlds.
Yesterday was our monthly “Iraivan Day.” Each Iraivan day a team of monks gathers to put the newsletter into envelopes for contributors all over the world. Today the mailing is blessed at the homa. This was Gurudeva’s guidance for the monks to put their own prana into each mailing and then get blessings in the temple so that the mail would carry carrying the shakti to lands far and wide.
Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami told everyone about further developments for the future of the Iraivan temple perimeter wall and then gave a wonderful talk on what it means to take a spiritual gift from the Guru-- his words of truth-- and to actually integrate these into our beings as ourselves and not simply to nod and respond intellectually, saying “Oh how nice and how profound.”
"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