His Holiness Shivarathri Desikendra Mahaswamiji of JSS Suttur Math in Mysore, India, is visiting Hawaii for the first time. He is accompanied by Almatti Swamiji of their Maryland US center, and devotee Mr. Nanjundaswamy.
Swami is the latest in a 1000-year-old lineage of Vira Saiva Pontiffs.
We feel a kinship with him as we are all worshippers of Lord Siva.
Mahaswamiji has visited our Iraivan Temple worksheet in Bangalore. He said he visited when they were carving the large jalakam (window) stone.
Mahaswamiji heads an ancient math (monastery/ashram) of the Vira Shaiva faith. It does vast social service in Karnataka.
"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