Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami arrived safely in Singapore on May 23 after 24 hours of travel. Their multi-purpose visit to Asia is focusing on meeting with members, students and business associates. Here they are reviewing a memorandum of understanding for printing Hinduism Today in India.
The afternoon adventures included visiting the 340m-long Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, a "ship" set on three 55 story towers on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m. Unreliable sources told us its secondary purpose is to act as a life-boat when the giant waves come to Singapore during the end-of-the-world disaster in late 2012.
The Marina Bay Sands is located next to the Singapore Flyer. Bodhinatha, Shanmuganathaswami and the Singapore devotees rode this, the world's largest, most gigantic ferris wheel last year…
The photos above were taken aboard the "Duck Tours," a small fleet of amphibious boats which tour the streets of Singapore as well as the Marina Bay. The Singapore Mission members and students, who, you may guess, live in Singapore, had never been on the "Duck Tours" or visited the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark. They always look forward to these outings with Bodhinatha where they can be close to the Satguru for a few hours. From left to right, Dohadeva, Raman, Suselah, Nagavathy, Sivakumar, Easan, Shanmuganathaswami, Satguru Bodhinatha, Krishna, Sakuntalai, Sudha, Gopinath, Thivaashenee, Kasturi, Amar, Lavanya, Shanta Devi and Vasaant.
On top of the SkyPark, Bodhinatha surveys the spectacular, panoramic view of Singapore.
These are two opera houses being built below. They are designed to look like giant turtles basking in the sun on the beach.
Shanmuganathaswami meets up with his milking apprentice, Vasaant, who recently returned to Singapore after five weeks of task force at the monastery. No cows up here. But look! There are turtles below.
The night view is breath-taking with the beautiful lights of the city below. Mother Nature was also giving a lightning and thunder show off in the distance to show her happiness and appreciation in having Bodhinatha visiting Singapore. Coming up… the Malaysia adventures.
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"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