Sanjiva and Tiya Thielamay chat with Yogi Jothinatha, during a recent visit. Sanjiva was just a boy when he took Himalayan Academy classes in Mauritius in 1983—in Beau Vallon, near Mahebourg. He has since traveled the world and become a well-known and accomplished IT consultant for large institutions. He and Tiya live in Chicago. Lately, he has reconnected with Himalayan Academy and has become a dedicated student of the Master Course, Supervised Study. Tiya is originally from Kazakhstan and following in Jiva’s footsteps. She says that the original religion of Kazakhstan is still very widely practiced and very much similar to Hinduism.
"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