Bodhinatha is with the students in Texas, we suspect they are out of internet range at the moment. But we understand they are having a wonderful retreat.
At home we are having beautiful cool clear “winter days.” Oh! temperatures dropped to 55 last night! And some of us have to wear socks now it is so cold in the morning.
Sadhaka Rajanatha’s Bougainvillea Bonsai burst into bloom recently.
On the mission front the Pillaiyar Kulam gave their report today. Siddhanathaswami described the long process of preparing items recently imported from India for sale in the Minimela. They have some marvelous offerings coming on line soon.
The Ganapati Kulam has completed the editorial work on Hinduism Today and Sivakatirswami is now preparing the job for shipping to the printer. It’s another amazing issue, this one is full of “humanity” with so many people stories. Coming to you soon.
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.