Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami visited with Mr. K. Suriyakumar at his home in Diablo, California, last Thursday. Enjoying the great weather outdoors, we sat and showed The Guru Chronicles, which we just had converted to the ePub format for the iPad.
Suriyakumar and his wife, Rushika, are both from Sri Lanka. After discussing a number of projects they are helping the monastery with, they enjoyed having a peek at an unbound copy of The Guru Chronicles as well. Paramacharya enjoyed showing them the Yogaswami chapters.
On Friday, we met our Bay Area members and students at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. The Dahlia Garden just outside was in glorious full bloom, so we couldn't help but spend some time there (nearly an hour!) enjoying all of the beautiful inner-plane beings' creations.
Dr. Tom Yarema, our monastery physician when he lived on Kauai (he now lives in Santa Cruz), and his daughter Jasmine joined us as well.
On Friday evening it was our pleasure to enjoy an informal satsang with devotees at the home of Chandran and Sahanadevi Param in Concord.
Everyone was held in rapt attention while Sadasivanathaswami described what it was like creating The Guru Chronicles.
A few minutes later, we passed out the unsewn, unbound signatures from the copy we were carrying with us. The group fell completely silent. We could hardly get it out of their hands!
As always, it was as distinct pleasure to spend time with Saiva Siddhanta Church members and Himalayan Academy students. It was a real highlight of our nine-day journey.
"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