Sun Four today… The Pillaiyar Kulam gave its report. Sannyasin Shanmuganathswami is working on a wide array of projects: guiding the new visitor info center construction; installing new phone boxes; preparing the Hindu Heritage Endowment newsletters; lining up activites for the trip to Mauritius and Malaysia with Bodhinatha in April.
Muruganathaswami manages our mini post office and he recently re-organized everything, threw out ancient postal forms and get everything back in order. Thank you Muruganathaswami!
Yogi Jothinatha attended a phone seminar on advertising sales and he has been sharing all that he learned. His work is a mainstay for Hinduism Today as the advertising revenues keep the magazine afloat.
Yogi Jivanandanatha has been preparing for our annual budget/finance meeting with the stewards. This requires and enormous preparation getting all the number together for review.
We have to thank the Pillaiyar Kulam for all they do, as all this administration is a big weight they carry for the rest of the monks and our entire Saiva Siddhanta Church.
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.