A wonderful email today for the monastery. It is from a good soul who reflects on the challenges of working with people:
"Sometimes I think almost all adults are crazy. We make things so complicated and make more and more rules to force people to do the right thing, which can never work. Then you find a few people who WANT to do the right thing and working with them is so easy and fun, they don't get caught on the unimportant stuff. The monks have so many things to do, spiritual practices, making your own food, caring for the grounds and still you "have time" to outreach and inspire the world with Hinduism. I believe you are experts in not getting caught in the unimportant stuff."
"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