This morning the Aadheenam was engulfed in a short but intense downpour from a flash thunderstorm coming over Mount Waialeale. Here we see the top of the mountain: this is thought to be this rainiest spot on earth with the highest level of rainfall measured anywhere. After the rains go roaring through the mountain drains and we see dozens of waterfalls in the distance.
We are reminded of the classic image of Ganga falling onto the earth, Her torrential power was eased by falling through Lord Siva hair before reaching us, as the magical grace which is Water.
After living here for nearly 40 years, the Wailua river in high spate is still a breath-taking awesome sight. Countless gallons of water and all manner of organic debris rush along with a great power… on the way to the Pacific, just like the myriad of souls are rolling on and on toward their inevitable destiny in the ocean of Satchidananda.
"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