Once every now and that we have a big photo shoot of all the monks. Six of the silpis are returning to India in 30 days and Palaniswami is preparing souvenir photo albums for each one as a gift in appreciation for all the work they have done on the temple. Our goal this morning at 7 AM was to assemble all the monks, have good light, no rain and take a photo of each silpi with Bodhinatha and all the monks. The hardest part is getting everyone together at the same place at the same time!
Ahh there we are!
The blessing of our brotherhood is yet another great gift of our Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. How fortunate we are to be here, together and to have this opportunity to set aside any personal life and serve the Kailasa Paramapara as we whittle down our prarabdha karmas to virtual zero, hopefully letting us fly free in moksha.
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And we took the opportunity to take a fresh photo of the Saiva Swami Sangam.
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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.