It is the last day of our phase. The Ganapati Kulam recounted their work which has been nearly 100% focused on wrapped up the July-August-September issue of Hinduism Today. This issue includes a special feature on the Iraivan temple, which is on the cover. It is the first time in many years that the magazine has actually focused on some aspect of the organization that produces it!
A new herb garden is being created today at the monastery (photos next phase), Rishi Valley landscaping is continuing, visitors are a constant stream of Sivaness in His many forms, and the perfection that is, is so apparent. All around us, only to be perceived by the open mind. Jai Gurudeva!
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Sunday, May 3rd.
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.