Immediately after arriving in Trinidad, Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami settle in at their quarters at the Chinmaya Mission which will be their home base for the next three days. Within minutes or their arrival, Bodhinatha gives a live radio interview with Kiran Maharaj of Radio 90.5 fm.
Both swamis are being welcomed to the Hari Mandir by Pundit and other devotees
Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami meet revered elder, Pundit Lutchmee Persad, sitting right, Pundit Narendra, sitting left, and a few of the Hinduism Today sadhakas as they arrived at the Hari Mandir. The Hinduism Today sadhakas are Ashwinee Ragoonanan’s dedicated distribution team.
Bodhinatha giving a talk/slide show at Chinmaya Mission’s hall.
Hinduism Today sadhaka, George, getting ready for a visit by Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami.
Shanmuganathaswami with Hinduism Today sadhakas at Chinmaya Mission. After the talk by Bodhinatha, the sadhakas will present, give and sell Hinduism Today and other publications from Kauai’s Hindu Monastery. From left to right, Keith, Girish, Sarah, Pinkey. Standing from left to right, Kerri, Kevin Shanmuganathaswami, Kashika, Pundit Narendra and Ashwinee. Upon landing in Trinidad at 5 am, after an all night flight, Shanmuganathaswami said he and Bodhinatha were delighted by the warm welcome and Ashwinee’s enthusiasm and energy. She and her sadhakas worked tirelessly for months preparing for this visit, seeing to thousands of details.
Hinduism Today sadhaka, Kali, welcoming swamis to Queen’s hall where Bodhinatha will make an important presentation.
Then Bodhinatha and Shanmuganatha are welcomed by Pundit Narendra
Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami visit the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir in Freeport, central Trinidad.
There they met with the resident Pundit and founder of the Temple, Pundit Gajendra Kumar, from India.
Here they are looking at the model for the new temple, which is a mix of north and south temple styles. The temple is being carved in India and brought to Trinidad. Much like our own Iraivan temple.
Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami with Pundit Kumar outside the Siva temple.
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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