Bodhinatha, Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Yoginathaswami are back in Chennai, in transit and on the move home, to arrive here Tuesday morning after some long flights. He sends this short report from the stay in Kerala and we may see more photos of events there after the team gets home.
Om Sivaya, everyone,
Saturday: Appointments from noon to five PM with a lunch break. Many individuals some with the group organizing tonight’s event, others friends and relatives of GK Nair, artist for the children’s books. Then a drive to the location of the Cherukolpuzha Hindu Matha Parishad 100th Annual Convention. The talk was from 7 -- 9 PM, introductions, my English talk and the Malayalam translation. We estimate possibly at the high point there were about1,000 in attendance with people coming and going throughout. GK Nair, our Kerala Hinduism Today correspondent, printed a booklet with the talk and the 2008 talk with their translations and handed some out at the event.
Sunday: Drove to an elderly home run by the Yogeeswara Sabha in the village of Janani. It must have been centrally located for their members. 100 plus came. We gave out vibhuti to all. A Malayalam translation of a writeup on the four padas I excerpted from the Master Course trilogy was released, lots of photos, a few discussions with the Sabha leaders, lunch, a short talk by me with translation and we departed for the airport. Flight from TIruvananthapuram to Chennai through Bengaluru and we checked in to the Trident hotel near the airport.
"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