This morning Sundaramurti Sivam Sivacharya came to the Ganapati Kulam morning meeting. He praises the team for all their work, and bring pranams from his guru Sri Sri Ravi Sankar and offers Paramacharya Palaniswami a shawl.
Then he sings the “Mandiram Avadu neeru….” song while putting vibhuti on the foreheads of each of the swamis.
It was a very sweet blessing.
As it turns out Sundaramurti is from Coimbatore and was scheduled to come to Kauai in 1985 to be one of the priests at the kumbhabhishekam of Kadavul temple and stay on as our teacher. But some karma kept him in India -- his passport was lost then and someone else came in his stead. In the meantime he met Gurudeva several times and was present in Bangalore for the first chipping of the first stone of Iraivan. So though we have never met him before, he has instantly become part of our Saiva family.
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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.