Bodhinatha is getting ready for his trip to Mauritius and India next month. All the devotees in Mauritius are really excited and have super big plans in the works. Also Bodhinatha will be giving 10 initiations of members who have progressed in the spiritual path while he is there.
Today the Pillaiyar Kulam gave their news. Shanmuganathaswami has been busy with the distribution of the recently printed April issue of Hinduism Today. Muruganathaswami reports a higher than usual number of new people ordering books and items from our online web store. Yogi Jothinatha continues to work with our advertisers in Hinduism Today and Yogi Jivanandanatha is working hard to settle all the accounting before this retreat’s Hindu Heritage Endowment meeting. And this is just the tip of the iceberg of what they are doing.
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.