Kannan and Jan Eluthesen made their first pilgrimage To Kauai Aadheenam. Originally from Malaysia, they both met while studying in Honolulu, live there for a while, then settled in California. They are friends of Deva and Gayatri Rajan and occasionally come to the Golden Gate Mission satsang.
They love the grounds and think many, many people will come when Iraivan Temple is complete.
Kannan has been helping this past week working with Deva and Acharya Kumarswami on a project for the Swayambhu Lingam art display that will be installed on San Marga… watch for news on this in the months ahead. He has many years of experience in IT systems having work for Kaiser Permanente and had a good consultation meeting with Sivakatirswami giving us some guidance on developing a media database on our web server.
Thank you for your help Kannan!
Our pilgrims meet with Paramacharya Palaniswami who gave them an over view of the big picture of how monastery functions and our publications and artwork development.
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.