Sadhaka Nandinatha will be sending photo documentaries of the trip at later times as he is able. Today he brings us his view of the first day in Mauritius.
Our arrival in Mauritius was filled with ebullient singing and lots of smiles from our beautiful devotees there. Here we see Bodhinatha being greeted just outside Mauritius’ airport.
Directly from the airport, we visited Swami Pranavananda of Chinmaya Mission on the island. Here, Swami welcomed Bodhinatha in the mission’s temple/ashram complex. This is a Siva temple.
Bodhinatha spoke on the similarities between Gurudeva’s teachings and Swami Chinmayananda’s.
Swami Pranavananda and Bodhinatha had a long and stimulating conversation on the nature of Hinduism in Mauritius. Mauritius is impressive in it’s ability to house vast and varied ideologies while maintaining respect and harmony.
Swami and Bodhinatha stroll along the outside of the Siva temple.
Swami Pranavananda, a direct disciple of Swami Chinmayananda, lives here alone at the ashram. He maintains the power within the temple by doing daily pujas to the Deities therein. Swamiji makes frequent trips to the neighboring isle of Réunion. Nearly 80, Swamiji works tirelessly at fostering maintaining a positive Hindu identity for the Hindus of his native land of Mauritius.
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.