Sydney Murugan Temple February 15, 2009. Bodhinatha has come to take part in the annual Youth Day and hopefully to inspire greater participation in the Youth group. His advice to the leaders of the group is to plan more fun activities to supplement the existing karma yoga and educational programs at the temple.
Members of Sydney Murugan Youth Circle welcoming Bodhinathaswami. The Youth Circle has been responsible for running the temple Resource Centre library. They've also organized the annual Poongavanam festival for the past eight years.
Aileen and Inder Mirchandani (center in photo with Palendira family), vacationing in Australia from Honolulu, have come to be with Bodhinatha this morning.
Opening the Youth Day event with a Carnatic vocal performance.
Bodhinatha giving his presentation "Insights into Temple Worship". Every participant has been given a copy of the Home Puja booklet which shows how to do a simple Ganesha puja. Bodhinatha explains that knowing how to do a puja can bring a whole new level of appreciation for the puja done by the priests in the temple. Similarly, having some training in Bharata Natyam will help someone appreciate the subtleties of a dance performance more.
Quite a few teenagers have come for the event.
Youth co-ordinator giving an outline of Youth Circle activities including the upcoming Poongavanam festival.
Youth staging a skit. For more about the Sydney Murugan Youth Circle see:
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.