This is Bharatchandra, wife Sangeeta, daughters Tulsi, Krishna and Krupa (not pictured) visiting for first time from southern California.
They got a copy of “What is Hinduism” to be signed by Bodhinatha
They grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and then moved to Los Angeles area about ten years ago.
While in Johannesburg they found our book Loving Ganesha tucked away in a bookstore, right after experiencing a very challenging karma. The book helped them cope with that karma and move on. Consequently, they’ve felt a deep connection with Gurudeva and looked forward to visiting one day.
That day finally arrived and now they want to support Iraivan Temple “forever.”
"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