Our troop of Sannyasins have left early this morning on their way home to India.
We continue the series from yesterday. After lunch each one was honored with a shawl, a rudraksha mala from our trees a crystal mala an a small Sivalingam. We also gave Nirmalanandanathaswami some back issues of Hinduism Today.
Later in the afternoon after a rest everyone came back to tour Iraivan, they also made a gift to present to Bodhinatha which they gave to Paramacharya Sivanathaswami who received it on his behalf.
Next, we went out to iraivan.
Each of this party serves in a different area of Karnataka.
Sri Shivananda Swamiji is one of their senior swami’s having been with the order for over forty years. He serves at the Mysore center.
Sri Nirmalanandanatha Swamiji, who serves directly under Sri Sri Balagangadharanathaswami at their main center in Karnataka.
Sri Chandrashekaranatha Swamiji serves at the center in Tumkur
Sri Sivaputra Swamiji serves at the center in Hassan.
Sri Shrishyla Swamiji serves at the Matha in Bangalore
Sri Lakshminarayananatha Swamiji serves at Khshetra.
Sri Lingesha A.S. is Balagangadharanathaswami’s Public Relations Officer in Bangalore.
A vist to the cows who just happened to be in th pasture near the Rudraksha forest.
"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