The official observance begins tomorrow. Most of the devotees have arrived already. Today everyone joined to help with the preparations. Our temple decoration team did a marvelous job. Tandu Sivanathan’s floral arrangements are beautiful!
Because our group is so large, this year we will be holding large satsangs in the courtyard, which has been beautifully prepared by the monks. Dasan Mahadevan and Tandu add flowers.
Yesterday a large contingent arrived from Malaysia and Singapore and the mainland.
"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