Day Six of innersearch was a powerful and packed experience beginning with morning Muruga puja and meditation guided by Siddhanathaswami.
Later in the morning Acharya Arumugaswami gave a class on Vasana Daha Tantra and prayer writing. Many innersearch gave powerful testimony on the results of their prayers being answered.
Later in the morning we had tours of the garden, carpentry shop, cow barn and a presentation of future publication initiatives in the Media Studio
After lunch everyone went to the river for Ganga Sadhana.
Putting all thoughts into the river on a leaf and thanking the river with a flower.
Acharya Kumarswami guided the group.
Then we had a guided tour of Iraivan by Sannyasin Yoginathaswami.
The silpis demonstrated various aspects of their working procedures.
Little Lyla Kovacs was very attentive.
leveling and marking long stones.
Participants put their hand to offer sand to fill up the the space under one of the stones in front of the sanctum.
Then off for dinner at Lydgate Park. First a stop at the Peace Pole installed there earlier this year by the monks. Sivakatirswami tells the tale of the Japanese origin of the “Words of Power”
May Peace Prevail on Earth
a message that has spread all around the world
Next we had a light hearted performance during dinner by a local hula halau.
It was a joy to see these young children so energetic, talented and obviously happy and healthy carrying on the island cultural traditions. Then everyone was off to the hotel for a good rest after a long but filled-with-marvels day.
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.