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.
Hindus believe there is one Truth, we just all don't agree on the name and nature of God. To compare Hinduism with other religions, you need to ask the orthodox practioners what their beliefs are. For example, one Christian minister explained that he believes we are fallen beings, not inherently good and need to be redeemed or face eternal Hell. Hinduism believes the opposite: we are divine beings with instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Everyone will eventually become a spiritual being and attain God realization. That is about as far apart as we can get in beliefs. There is really no way that the two can be compared.