On November 19, Bodhinatha met all the enrolled Master Course students and Saivite Hindu Religion catalysts at the Ebony Conference Room at the Link Hotel situated in Cyber City at Ebene. The place was very quiet and cosy and everyone felt comfortable inside during the session. The first session was about two hours and the last part with an interactive questions and answers. Then we had a coffee break and followed a meeting with the SHR catalysts who are at present holding classes all over the island. Bodhinatha talked about the new syllabus and teaching materials under preparation. Bodhinatha felt that it would be a good approach to have parents participate in our SHR classes.
"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