Valluvan, Thilagarani and daughter Kayshana are here on pilgrimage from Malaysia. They are enrolled Master Course students, looking forward to become formal sishyas of Bodhinatha and Kailasa Parampara.
We come to the end of a long, productive six-day phase. Here Kulapati Deva and Kulamata Gayatri Rajan have darshan with Bodhinatha. Deva has been working on the roof structures for the new art display to be installed on San Marga. Gayatri has been coming and helping out at the temple. They return home tomorrow and Deva will return again in a week to continue his seva.
We are heading into a very powerful three-day full moon retreat with the Maha Ardra Abhishekam for Lord Nataraj on Tuesday, winter solstice, the first day of Pancha Ganapati all converging.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day retreat,
until Chaturthi Tithi, Sun One, Friday, December 23th.
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.