Greg Rogers (Nandikesh Chandrashekaran) is a formal Himalayan Academy Master Course student from Los Angeles who just finished Level One study. He had his first darshan meeting with Bodhinatha today.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Wednesday, December 29th.
Venkat and Hema Devraj are on their first visit to Kauai from Colorado, USA. They enjoyed asking Bodhinatha metaphysical questions about Advaita. They study Ramana Maharishi’s teachings and also obtained our Master Course trilogy the other day.
Venkat and Hema visit the Svayambhu Sivalingam at the end of San Marga path. It is the site of Gurudeva’s Siva vision which started the Iraivan Temple process.
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.