Woody Waits (recently given the name Jaya Sivaraja) has completed his six-month visit to learn about the monastic path and our monastic order in particular. He returns to Seattle, Washington area tomorrow, to think over his life and decide whether to pursue family life or monastic life. After some time, he will inform us of his decision.
If his spiritual intentions are fulfilled, he will be pursuing his full conversion to Hinduism, finishing his Master Course study, and receiving his Namakarana Samskara as Jaya Sivaraja.
We thank him for his presence and all his service over the past six months, and wish him well.
Jaya will fly to his island birth home and be greeted by the scent of cherry & apple blossoms, hundreds of skunk cabbages & daffodils, rich earth, 3 dogs, 3 cats, one wild black horse, friends & family. His visit will be a blessing. Although he and his twin sister were born on my birthday, and I named him Woody, I easily know him as Jaya now. His presence at the Himalayan Academy has risen my spirit one-thousand fold!
Aum Sivaya, Jaya we are so fortunate to know you. you are a sterling example to other young Saivites.May you make the best decision with the help of Lord Ganesa who guides us as long as we let him. Enjoy your Island home as you return.Your new Island home will be happy to welcome you again. We will pray every day for your success.
Blessed you are Dear Amma Anne Deer. Thank you for Jaya. Jai Ganesa.Aum Shanti
"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