Two pieces of the Siva Darshana art have arrived from India and were hung in the temple for display this morning. Four feet wide and four feet tall, this is an artistic depiction of Gurudeva sitting out on San Marga, where, on a totally still day, a small tree rustles to draw his attention.
Below is Gurudeva asleep in the early morning hours just before awakening. He has the vision of Lord Siva walking on San Marga. As soon as he awoke, he called the the monks and we all went out to find the spot where Siva had walked. And, as they say, “the rest is history.”
"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