Late this morning we were suddenly graced with the presence of Vaishnava swami Bhakti Purusottama Swami and his assistant from Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir in West Bengal, India. They were brought here by the Chakraborty devotee family near Chicago.
Swamiji is on a tour through many cities in USA, lecturing on Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.
They had a wonderful time here, marveling at the atmosphere, environment, rudraksha trees which they had never seen before, let alone the blue fruit around the seed which is visible right now. Their website is http://www.mayapur.com
"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