What a beautiful and auspicious Ayudha Pooja at Iraivan.
Growing up in India I have experienced many Ayudha poojas including the royal one in Mysore. But, the Iraivan event is just devine,unmatched. John Muir said ” Man can create beautiful things but, cannot match/surpass the beauty of what nature creates”. Well mother nature,our Iraivan temple comes close to you,to be cared by you for ever. Om shanti.
Om Namah Shivaya.
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.