Some belated submissions after our three-day retreat. Before going off to
trinidad, Bodhinatha stopped over in Maryland.
Nigel Siva and his wife met them on the way through. Nigel writes:
It is really wonderful to have our Satguru with us here in Maryland. Here, He and Shanmuganathaswami are relaxing in Their hotel suite after a very long trip from Trinidad.
Satguru with the Siva family—Nigel (left), Inpah (right) and their son Ragavan (middle).
Satguru and Shanmuganathaswami. They are going to attend the Annual Nallur Festival at the Murugan Temple of North America (6300 Princess Garden Parkway, Lanham, Maryland) tomorrow (Saturday 13 August 2011). Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami presides over this Annual Nallur Festival, which has become an established tradition now. Satguru is going to give a talk to the devotees on “The Sacred Temple.” The main event in this Festival is Murugan going around the Temple in a Ratham (chariot). This Ratham is over 21 feet high and is made as a replica of the Ratham in the Nallur Temple in Sri Lanka.
(A slide show of this event appears later on TAKA)
"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