Today a large group from San Antonio, Texas, visited the monastery. After attending the Siva puja, visiting Iraivan Temple and having darshan with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, they visited the Ganapati Kulam to spend some time with Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami. This is such a lively and harmonious group of three generations. To Sadasivanathaswami's left in orange kurta is Dr. Ramakrishna Rao, and to his right in maroon shirt is Dr. Narasimha Pemmaraju Rao, two of the founding members of the Hindu Temple of San Antonio (several other of the founding members are pictured as well--too many to name!). Gurudeva advised them on numerous matters when they started their Venkateshvara temple on a hill in Helotes, just outside San Antonio, in 1984, and at their request provided a beautiful Ardhanarishvara murti 15 years later for which they built an entirely separate, small shrine building.
"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