Tour day today… and so many people! The monks want to thank our local ladies for hosting everyone. Kulamata Isani Alahan writes:
“What a beautiful day for a tour! Mt. Waialeale was in full view the entire morning. Many local guests joined us today and about a fourth were returning to visit again.”
Group photo in two shots.
Himalayan Academy Student Leanora Orr in pastel blue, observes the stone carving demonstration. She offered her time today to help keep our guests on the path to and from the entrance to the temple and back.
Kulamata Amala Seyon offered her help by answering any questions our many guests may have.
Guests receive a souvenir sample of the red and white granite stone and fill out donation envelops. We explained that Iraivan is built by donations from around the world.
This is Kauai resident Mimi a retired MD and Healing Touch practitioner.
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.