Iraivan morning is held each month by the Wailua Mission of Kauai in an effort to do something creative as a group to help with the building of Iraivan. Here Kulamata Amala Seyon shows Tandu and Uma’s granddaughter Leila how to string a necklace.
Academy Students Leanora Orr and Faith Collier (on the right) join the mission members during this time. It is an opportunity for students and mission members to get to know each other. The Academy students are actively studying the Master Course and progress through three levels of study and practice culminating in initiation into the Natha Sampradaya.
Justice Collier joins Aran Sendan and Brahmachari Rajadeva in stringing racks of Rudraksha beads for power washing.
Kulapati Durvasa Alahan who coordinates the Rudraksha Project is sitting with another Himalayan Academy student John Stern. Durvasa reported incredible sales of Rudraksha malas and jewelry over the $3,000.00 mark last month!
A variety of beautiful bracelets just complete and ready for the Mini Mela sales rack where Kulamata Isani Alahan is sitting right now waiting for them!
A new and very successful design of single bead necklace.
Leila shows us her beautiful creations. Gurudeva always told us that a harmonious mission is a creative mission!
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.