Our team has moved on and is now in Chennai and will be departing for home in a day or so. Stepping back in time we return to Pondicherry a few days ago.
After several years of work and amassing 818 Gigabytes of data, the digitization of manuscripts and ola leaves from the Indological Institute of Pondicherry and the French School of the Far East (over 800,000 images) in Pondicherry has been completed and the operations team closed up shop in India.
A special dinner was held in Pondicherry to commemorate the completion of this historic project that Bodhinatha set up to capture our scriptures for future generations.
Bodhinatha officially thanked everyone and emphasized the importance of the Agamas in our daily worship. He called them the Invisible Scriptures. The scripture that governs many areas of our life but no one knows what they are.
The evening begun with recital holy verses then lighting of lamps.
This followed by opening address by Acharya Arumuganathaswami. Then followed by short speeches by various scholars. Every single one were grateful to the San Marga Trust (India) aka Kauai Aadheenam. It seems this digitization process brought a new inspiration to digitize various scriptures stored in various libraries around India.
Dr. Jean-Luc Chevillard of the French School of the Far East gives a shawl to Bodhinatha, Arumuganathaswami
"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