Recent Public Tour days brought some wonderful guest to support us in our presentation. Rajeshta and Prema are from Memphis Tennessee. They have met both Gurudeva & Bodhinatha when they visited their Temple in Tennessee.
The “educational” part of the tour brings forth a few basic beliefs of the Hindus. Hinduism is such a misunderstood religion that many people are simply amazed how beautiful and simple the basic tenants are. Among ideas they seem to enjoy hearing is that Hindus believe that God is not far away. That He is the sustaining power and conscious presence throughout the Universe -- the divine unbounded energy flowing through everyone and all things.
This is the happy group for the June 29th. tour, when Bodhinatha was still on the island and many had an opportunity to get books signed and questions answered.
Among them were Bhagnana & Smita Joshi from Baltimore Maryland. They had met Bodhinatha when he came to their temple in Maryland and they were so happy to be here and meet with Bodhinatha after the tour.
We maxed out the telephoto on our little camera to watch this little guy watch all of us parade by.
This is the beautiful Denduluri family. Aditya on the left is working in the Bay Area in a Web Start up company. We got to know Murali & Shanti (parents) from Albuquerque, who came two years ago and this time they are back with their two sons. Sahitya on the far right will be starting medical school in the fall at the University of Chicago. They were such a wonderful support for us and an inspiration to all our tour guests.
"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