In celebration of the Tamil New Year, Logash and Asha Pandi, and baby Neel, flew over from their home on Oahu to attend the morning puja in Kadavul Temple and then visit the Iraivan Temple. After attending the “flag-raising” ceremony, they stopped briefly to shop in the Mini Mela where this photo was taken.
Visiting for the first time are Prabhu Palani, his wife Nirupama Vaidyanathan, and their two sons, Anirudh (11) and Vishrant (6) pose for a photo in front of the Iraivan Temple. Originally from Chennai, they now live in Fremont, CA. Prabhu and Nirupama found the beauty and peace here “unbelievable.”
This is Prithi Sperling who has been on pilgrimage here from Vallejo, California. He mother and father are devotees of the late Sant Keshavadas and she grew up in an “American Hindu” environment. She went to school with Shivani Rajan.
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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 Navami Tithi, Sun One, Friday, April
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.