We come to the end of another phase of activities with all mission fronts moving forward dynamically. Inner and outer striving, everyone working on themselves on the inside and with each other on the outside, Bodhinatha leading the way and Gurudeva guiding us from within, such a wonderful path is this Saiva Neri path.
Dr. Manickavel in Chidambaram is translating a book called “Yogaswami” which tells of Yogaswami’s life. Manickavel sent this to us the other day.
Thuravikalin Thiruvatikalukku Vanakkam.
Sending the attachment of the Next chapter Darshan of Vivekananda and Guru 5 doc.
Please allow me to jump to the last page of the book.
“We all belong to one religion and caste.
There is no difference among us.
We are pure and remain in God.
Differences and different changes are peculiar nature of Truth.
Elders says it is Maya.
Only those who conduct themselves in ara neri (ethical/Dharma) realize this truth, others will not understand.
It is repeatedly emphasized that we treat all life as our own life.
So, everything rests in discipline.
Stay in ara neri and think all are I and progress though wonderful experiences.
You will realize that, you are not the materialistic physical body but intelligent mental body and beyond.”
I could not resist sharing this rare gems, which I had never come across.
Thuravikalukku Mikka Nandri.
We remain in the service of Aatheenam,
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Thursday, November 26th.
I am very new to worshipping Siva. I feel as though I have come across a great treasure box that was always in my house. Reading this I feel that every day of my life I will find a new jewel under yet another jewel. Thanks you for making this jewel apparent to me.
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.