Sunday, August 9th the Wailua Mission members and Master Course students living on Kauai gathered at the lovely home of Tandu and Uma Sivanathan. Here is one of the many beautiful Ganesha murthis in an alcove surrounded by water lilies and bonsai trees.
Master Course students Faith Collier and Kamala Guhan working on the rudraksha key chains. Bramacharini Lila Devi is making the ever popular bead on a string.
Kulamata Valli Sendan makes the many colorful tassels for the rudraksha malas as Rishimata "Oma" helps with the beads on a string
The men place the beads on the sturdy racks for power washing to clean the fruit off the seeds. Seated from left to right are Kulapati Aran Sendan, Master Course student Todhadeva Guhan and Kulapati Deva Seyon.
Seated on the floor is student Justice Collier, working on the couch, our host Tondu Sivanatha and Kulapati Durvasa Alahan.
Our beautiful and ever energetic hostess, Uma Sivananathan sits on the floor sorting the rudraksha beads by size and color to make malas.
A surprise guest from California on pilgrimage for a week, Nathan Sendan assists with putting the rudraksha beads on the racks.
Faith has great concentration and really enjoyed making the key rings to sell in the Mini Mela.
After working on the project for two hours, we break for a lovely potluck lunch.
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.