Deva Seyon and his grand-daughter Basanti hosted a special group today. They are the Board of Directors of the Garden Island Arts Council (all volunteers who guide the introduction of art to our island, including such things as having handicapped children paint their crutches artfully).
Their president, Carol Yotsuda, is probably the most well known artist on the island of Kaua’i and one of the most respected in the state of Hawai’i and elsewhere; Carole is officially designated as a Living Treasure for Kaua’i and for the state of Hawai’i. Anne O’Malley was there as a journalist from the Garden Island newspaper.
They were especially eager to see the extraordinary spiritual artwork that the monastery has commissioned, and Palaniswami took some time to share S. Rajam’s amazing work and stories with them.
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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.