The annual Ayudhya Puja was held today. It was also Sun One and Bodhinatha gave a talk on “Work is Worship” after the homa, as a commentary on the meaning of today’s ceremony in which we bless our tools and express appreciation for the opportunity to fulfill our dharma through our craft and vocation.
Here the silpis begin the ceremonies at the patrai, which is beautifully decorated.
Bodhinatha starts with an arati of camphor and that he drops into the patrai to light the fire.
The silpis add charcoal and crank the blower to fire up the coals.
The coals are then carried in a tray to the temple site.
The tools are blessed. Monks also put their iPhones and iPads on the altar.
The symbolic using of the tools by chipping the stone.
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.