Just arriving in San Diego, Satguru Bodhinatha, Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and Yogi Jivananda are greeted by devotees in the airport. Here Shanmuganathaswami is greeted by Gunamaya Sivananda for the first time.
Beautiful Satguru giving photo darshan
Diksha and Ushadevi Katir got the first photo because they had the camera..
Why don't we step outside for some sunshine while we wait for the car? Devotees gather close for a photo opportunity. Left to right are Shakti Mahadevan, Gunamaya Sivananda, Diksha Katir, Aarthi Rahavendran and Chudika Mahadevan.
Gunamaya takes the opportunity to ask Bodhinatha a question about some changes related to work hours. No detail too small….
She has Bodhinatha's full attention and continues to explain the situation.
Aarthi, Chudika and Shakti sitting nearby. Meanwhile, Dasan Mahadevan and Alejandro Jaramillo (brother of Gunamaya) were inside near baggage claim waiting for a "white box".
Success, here it is! It actually looked quite heavy.
Now some time to chat and visit with Bodhinatha a while.
You know the saying, "never walk ahead of the Satguru", here is Alex demonstrating that one may also choose not to stand higher than the Satguru.
Here are Rosa and Alex with a nice photo for the office at the family business.
Chudika, Shakti & Dasan Mahadevan enjoying the sun with Satguru. It was warm in San Diego, but not too warm said Bodhinatha, compared to the morning fog in San Francisco. He had his sunglasses on so he could stay and enjoy the sun a little longer.
Meanwhile at the home of Ravi & Sheela Rahavendran, decorations and preparations are well under way.
Some last things to attend to….
Here is Radha Trivedi. A sweet Amma that strung all of those garlands! Her son, Shailesh Trivedi hung up each one very carefully. It was so beautiful!
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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.