Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami finished their stay at the Murugan Temple where they participated in the annual Nallur Chariot festival. We have more photos and video of the events coming later.
Om Sivaya, everyone,
We were at the temple from 11 AM to 6 PM yesterday for the last part of the Muruga abhishekam, blessings of the utsava murti. After the Abhishekam we took the utsava murti out to the new chariot and paraded it around the temple slowly for two hours or so, stopping at banners for each of the Arupadaiveedu temples for a puja. After a mid-day break we observed the kalyanam of the utsava murti followed by my talk. There was a grand crowd, possibly even more than eht 750 expected.
Click here to view an article with nice photos about the Maryland temple chariot festival on Tamilnet.
Today they left for Albany, New York, to meet with some experts in alternative energy to discuss options for the Aadheenam.
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.