Vatshalan and sister Ramai Santhirapala pilgrimaged from London to Kauai for Skanda Shashthi . She is an anesthetist and he is in medical school. They both met Bodhinatha in London when they were younger. Their family Amman temple seems to be the one that Indra Sivayogam took Bodhinatha to visit. Ramai was looking online a couple years ago to learn more about Saivism in English and came across our website. She subscribed to Master Course lessons on email, then got her brother to study too. They have finally realized their dream of visiting Kauai Aadheenam.
Bodhinatha signs their small pocket book editions of the trilogy.
"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