Today we celebrated Gurudeva’s vision of Siva on San Marga by conductig our early morning arati on San Marga. Here is the Swayambhu Lingam.
By the end of the meditation the sun had risen over the east. The stone you see here on the right was the one that Lord Siva sat on in Gurudeva’s vision.
Rohini is here from Montreal, Canada, with her husband Jean-Marie (center) and they are enjoying making friends and speaking French with our Kauai French chef and new Master Course student….(on the right). And guess what: His name is also Jean-Marie.
Yogi Jothinatha also speaks French.
Bonjour, Jean-Marie meet Jean-Marie!
From the French Lexicon:
Siva: Sanskrit: Celui qui est de bon augure. Siva existe partout et en toute chose. Tout ce qui existe n’est autre que lui-même, l’Unique et sans second, Etre suprême et Réalité absolue. Il est à la fois immanent (dans la forme) et transcendant (au-delà de la forme). Voir: Mahesvara, Parasivam, Satchidananda, Siva-Sakti.
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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.