Here are the photos of the “Silver Vel Satsang” held at our home today (12:00 to 4:00 PM 16 July 2011). Shanmuganathaswami talked to the Satsang devotees on the phone to discuss about the up coming picnic with the Satsang devotees and the Children attending the Sunday School at the Murugan Temple of North America during Satguru Bodhinatha’s visit to the Nallur Festival (at the Murugan Temple of North America on 13 August 2011). He also answered questions devotees asked on Color’s Magic (Chapter 34 in Gurudeva’s Book “Merging with Siva”).
The Satsang devotees were asked to read this Chapter on Color’s Magic by Shanmuganathaswami before the Satsang meeting.
"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