After an incredible powerful Tiruvembavai Ardra Abhishekam puja, the atmosphere is scintillating. Some devotees said they could have flown home without an airplane!
We being our new phase with a very auspicious special homa, as Dasan Mahadevan becomes a full sishya of Bodhinatha today, taking his Vrata Sishya vows after over a decade of dedicated study consistent service and participation in the mission of the Kailasa Parampara.
Homa begins, with many prayers burned…
Dasan read his vows with Lord Agni as witness, carrying his samkalpa-intention into the inner worlds.
“I believe in You, the one Supreme God, Lord Siva, and the Gods of our Saivite faith, and in the Saiva Dharma. In love and trust I recognize Your goodness in providing for my every material and spiritual need. I understand that the 365 Nandinatha Sutras, created by Gurudeva, summarize our monistic Saiva Siddhanta philosophy, our articles of faith and conduct, and other Hindu codes of culture, ethics and right living. I affirm that I understand and agree, one hundred and one percent, with each sutra, having read and reread and related it to my personal life. I now pledge to uphold and pass on to the next generation the wisdom contained within each of these quatrains. I hereby reaffirm the four vratas that I took as an arulshishya--noninjury, spiritual lineage, vegetarianism, tithing--and blend them into this 365 sutra vrata, as a collective vow that I will uphold and defend throughout my lifetime.”
I solemnly swear to abide by the Nandinatha Sutra Vrata.
“I believe in You, the one Supreme God, Lord Siva, and the Gods of our Saivite faith, and in the Saiva Dharma. In love and trust I recognize Your goodness in providing for my every material and spiritual need. I affirm that the twelve beliefs of our Saivite Creed, and our Affirmation of Faith, fully and unequivocally express my own beliefs, and I wholeheartedly vow to uphold and preach them as an authoritative, distilled formulation of our venerable faith. I understand the importance of beliefs, which have the power to create our attitudes, which shape our actions and reactions throughout life. I appreciate that our Saivite Creed serves to maintain the continuity and purity of the Vedas and Agamas and give strength and guidelines to individuals seeking to understand life and religion.”
I solemnly swear to abide by the Saiva Sraddhadharana Vrata.
Signed, Dasan Mahadevan
Bodhinatha and Dasan’s Kulapati Deva Seyon and Kulamata Amala Seyon also sign.
It’s a happy day for Dasan!
Welcome, Dasan, to the satsang of the sishya of the Kailasa Parampara!
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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.