Each morning at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Australia faiths share their spiritual practices and invite all to join. Today Bodhinatha held a Shum guided meditation. Palaniswami gave ten minutes of history and insight into the language of meditation and then some 24 people joined in the guided meditation,which was translated by Senthilnathaswami into English. Afterwards, several came forward to speak with Bodhiantha.
Suhag Shukla was there from HAF as was UK-based Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan, a shishya of our Hindu of the Year Sri Gopal Sharan Devacharya, seen here asking Palaniswami about Shum.
This is the yoga panel of the day, with the moderator on the far left.
We also attended a panel on Proselytization and Conversion, and listen to the delightful summary by our friend and Sri Chinmoy devotee Kusumita Pederson. After the panel we spent an hour with her discussing the important issues of conversion and whether laws against conversion should be made (she thinks not). She is working on a study of the philosophy of Sri Chinmoy and gave Bodhinatha a book of her Guru's poems which she edited. In all, a busy, busy and fruitful day Down Under.
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.