After a long flight, and a short rest early today, Sadasivanathaswami and Arumugaswami joined the Hindu Mandir Priests’s Conference, 2012, which opened this afternoon in the Hindu Jain Temple, Monroeville, Pennsylvania (Just east of Pittsburg) Here are the priest performing the opening chant. Sadasivanathswami writes:
Dozens of priests inaugurate the conference in Pittsburgh’s Hindu Jain Temple with a long series of beautiful chants. It is evening and the confluence of servants of the One Great and Holy Lord is palpable.
Chief priest of the Hindu Jain Temple welcomes the swamis from Hawaii and all the priests from around the US.
"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