We share with you a few more photos of the Bodhinatha seminar on Saivism which was so uplifting to everyone. Those who have studied Saiva Siddhanta had their faith reinforced, while newcomers were really happy to know the true nature of the one Supreme God Siva who is the creator, the preserver and destroyer of all existence.
Each of Bodhinatha's explanation was accompanied by an appropriate visual display from the projector.
Lunch time in the atrium where all participants sat down in a relaxed family spirit.
It was also an opportunity to meet new people and make friends….
Acharya Arumugaswami sat at a table with a few participants.
Bodhinatha and Sadhaka Nandinatha at the same table with the kulapatis.
This day will do doubt be a memorable event for all those who were present on that Sunday.
At the end of the event, Bodhinatha wanted to have a souvenir photo with everyone present.
Devotees come forward to be Blessed by the Guru.
One participant wants her pocket copy of Dancing With Siva be signed by Bodhinatha.
Meanwhile, while the participants were waiting for their turn to meet Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, Sivarathna and Padmasri some live saivite songs creating a temple like atmosphere in the amphitheater.
Two participants, the Moodley couple (in the middle), made it all way from South Africa to attend the seminar in Mauritius. They wanted a souvenir photo with Rajen and Premila before leaving for the airport.
Sishya Vimala Munian….
Dr. CM Pillay, editor of a local Hindu monthly publication…
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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.