Vikas and Shreya Ghelani visited Kauai for the first time from San Jose, California. They were eager to converse with Bodhinatha and had several good questions for him, like how to control thoughts from running wild, not worrying about future, etc.
Our Hawaiian sunny, hot days of spring/summer are just getting started. The ground has dried up and now it's easy to do abhishekam at the Narmada Lingam without getting our feet muddy and slipping. Shreya worships after bathing the lingam.
And then Vikas
Another hot day with temps in the high 80′s and a hazy layer of ‘vog’ floating over Kauai from the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Guests Vikas Ghelani and Shreya Bhati (right) from California with four friends for a tour of the Iraivan Temple.
Sri, Sri, Sri, Shankara Baba from Chennai (center) is traveling across the United States visiting his devotees. Today he was a guest of the Kauai Aadheenam and arrived with approximately ten devotees from the Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Temple in San Jose, CA.
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.