Earlier in the morning Wailua Mission members and our pilgrims from Singapore gather with Sivakatirswami in the Guru peedam. Bhani sat in front of the throne of the Kailasa Parampara and recited the four vows of the Arul Sishya.
After reciting each one, Shakahara vrata (vegetarian vow, re-affirmed), Ahimsa Vrata (Vow of Nonviolence), Kailasa Parampara Vrata (Vow of Dedication to the Lineage) and the Dasama Bhaga Vrata (Vow to Give God’s Money, tithe 10% of one’s income), Bhani signs…
Our members all listen as he reads. It is always a great inspiration to hear these noble ideals again and to witness another dedicated soul move forward on the path.
Rema Devi, Bhani’s wife, smile as husband signs. She had already taken her vows a month ago in Singapore.
Kulapati Dohadeva signs acceptance of Bhani into his extended family, writing:
“Bhani has been and will be a strong Saivite to promote and preserve our strong lineage. We welcome him whole heartedly. Aum Sivaya
Kulamata Nagavathy signs
And our Wailua Mission members witness the event
Bhani and Rema Devi moving forward on the Saiva Neri!
Afterward Bhani placed his vow book on the pitham for Bodhinatha to sign later when they had darshan with him.
Altogether. Such a great satsang we have. It is Gurudeva’s great gift to us all.
Dohadeva, the other day, that being here on the occasion of their wedding anniversary, coming to Kauai, being here for Ardra Abhishekam, meeting with monks and
Bodhinatha, reminded him of the great song of Saint Sambandar, who, when asked by Lord Siva what boon he wanted at his wedding party, the young man replied that he prayed that he and the entire wedding party be merged into Lord Siva, and the wish was granted.
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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.