The silpis on their way back to India from Kauai arrived for satsang at the home of Aravindraj in Malaysia. Welcome!
The Pada Puja begins, abhishekam items are poured and arati is performed. It is such a great blessing to be able to perform the padapuja to our satguru!
After the puja, everyone prostrates
The silpis later comment that they feel blessed to be able to attend. They actually sing a song for the satguru, which they often sang while at the aadheenam.
An elder garlands the silpis to honor them. They have done such a wonderful job of building Iraivan Temple. The silpis themselves commented that the experience of building Iraivan Temple was unlike any other and wondered if they would ever get a chance to do something like this again. They spoke about the many blessings they received and prayers that were miraculously answered while they were away from their families to serve our great God Siva on Kauai. Jai to the wonders of Iraivan Temple!
…and jai to the Kailasa Parampara who made this all possible!
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.