the painting illustrates the path the Agamas travelled over thousands of years to reach Picchai Gurukkal at Pillaiyarpatti, who is imparting the knowledge to several young Hindu priests. Having met him on September 3, 2008, at Pillaiyarpatti, it gives me great pleasure to see Picchai Gurukkal receive this painting which he so well deserved! Brilliant gift!
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.