In Bangalore we visiting the RK Mission, which is over 100 years old. The resident Swami Harshananda produced the three-volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism, reviewed in the January issue of Hinduism Today. He said they printed just 2,000 copies last year and have already had several reprints with a total sales over 10,000 copies.
Bodhinatha was invited to give the Sunday evening, English-language lecture. He covered a wide range of topics on Hinduism.
About 400 people attended. It was an educated audience, and very receptive.
This young man, Anand, contacted Bodhinatha about studying the Shum language. Bodhinatha invited Anand to meet him at the RK Mission.
The Mission’s large bookstore.
We proceeded in the evening to the city ashram of Sri Balagangadharanathaswami to meet. Swamiji had just come back to the city and had a very busy schedule the next day, so this late evening meeting was most convenient for all.
Swamiji and Bodhinatha talked mostly about the progress of Iraivan Temple, a project Swamiji has been central to from the very beginning.
Meeting with Choodie Shivaram, Hinduism Today’s Bangalore correspondent, and her daughter at the Golden Palms hotel.
Bodhinatha and Jiva Rajashankara, the Iraivan carving site manager, conduct a business meeting on the project.
Jiva shows the plans for the outer prakaram wall which sits on the edge of the foundation. It is quite a lot of material, but the carving and assembly will be relatively simple compared to what has been done so far.
Another view of the plans and the cross section.
Tomorrow on TAKA, more photos of the trip. We will be seeing you.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.