Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathswami have been very busy. They conducted a mini-innersearch dedicated to our members and their families. Here are some highlights from Bodhinatha’s reports:
Om Sivaya, everyone,
Day began with my second class on Shum. The group took a mid morning two hour hike (trek) to a waterfall. Shanmuganathaswami conducted a morning and an afternoon class. He ran the projector from his ipad.
The trek took longer than expected, and while waiting Shanmuganathaswami showed videos to the group that stayed back various videos such as the HT quarterly report, the Iraivan update, the stone bell hole video (one of the favorites) and Fernando the Bull (for the kids.) Shanmuganathaswami’s morning session began with pranayama, the auric circle, color visualization and a projected presentation of the Pilgrim Sadhana guide. The theme of the presentations has been daily sadhana.
The afternoon session began with an introduction of the shum alphabet, shum chanting of the first 18 characters and then a brief “tyatyaba” (chit chat) getting re-acquainted and re-connected with some of Gurudeva’s older devotees who want to be part of Saiva Siddhanta Church again, their families and some friends. We counted 76 in attendance at the sessions, but Bodhinatha signed 92 retreat certificates.
Additionally afternoon games and an evening “family night” of fun which we introduced and then left.
Om Sivaya, everyone,
Sunday morning was the last portion of the retreat at the jungle lodge. Shanmuganathaswami and I both had one class. The group played a major outdoor treasure hunt type game which was immensely enjoyed.
Shifted to Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel which is directly across from Putrajaya International Convention Centre of which Valluvan is the general manager. A different experience of Malaysia as everything in Putrajaya is brand new!
Evening visited Tirumurugan Alayam in Desa Jaya and gave a talk and darshan with Dr. Maruthu giving the Tamil translation.
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.