Bodhinatha had a busy morning as there were many requests for darshan. Long time devotees, Kulapati and Kulamata Shyamadeva and Peshanidevi Dandapani are here from Alaska.
Meena Nagalingam on the left is daughter of Pathmaraja and Nageswary Nagalingam her from Malaysia with Shamalah Nataraja.
We have known Meena since she was just a baby in Nageswary’s arms and it is wonderful to see the next generation sitting with Gurudeva’s successor.
Mr. Durairaj from California is one of the many great temple sevaks in America. For decades he and others have worked and served selflessly at the Malibu temple in California. These families who have stay with the task of keeping our temples are the backbone of Hinduism in America.
The Durairaj family are lifetime subscribers of Hinduism Today and have known Gurudeva and the swamis for many years. They have a brief chat with Paramacharya Palaniswami.
Paramacharya Ceyonswami talks with guests in the temple.
Surendra and Dedrajie Rajpal with their sons. They are also lifetime subscribers of Hinduism Today and supporters of Iraivan. Surendra appreciates what Hinduism Today is doing and also sends and annual donation to support the magazine production. The visit Kauai every few years.
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.