Master Course readers Karuna and Santosh Krinsky from Wisconsin enjoyed darshan with Bodhinatha and asked him pertinent questions on ahimsa and how to effectively increase it in the world, to which Bodhinatha gave wise answers. He shared this principle, for example, to appreciate progress already going on, such as Europe uniting rather than warring with each other as they had always done before. Santosh and Karuna are serious ahimsa activists bound and determined to make a genuine difference. Their writings on the subject may be seen here [www.wholisticinstitute.org] They are owners of New Leaf distribution and a half-dozen other spirituality-based businesses.
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Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Monday, January 19th.
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.