Today on the auspicious day of Vaikashi Vishakham, Aspirant Mayuran Sokkan has finalized his decision to follow the monastic path. During the stage of Aspirancy the candidate is commissioned to sort out his life and think about the two paths--monastic life and householder life--and, if his decision is to follow monastic life, to use that period to tie up the loose ends of his karma in the world.
Having completed the stage of the Aspirant, having made a clear decision of his own volition to follow the path of monasticism, if he is qualified, the candidate makes a formal request to the satguru and the monastic order to become a monk. If the petition is accepted, he enters the stage of premonastic life called the Supplicancy.
Today Brahmachari Mayuran has become a supplicant.
In addition to the Aspirant’s pledge of purity (brahmachari), the Supplicant reads aloud and signs the pledges of humility and obedience. Toward the end of this six-month period, he will perform the age-old discipline of “sitting by the wall,” a solemn process wherein he entreats God, Gods, guru and the devas to be accepted as a full member of the monastic community.
Bodhinatha signs the Supplicant’s pledge.
Mayuran receives his first sacred japa mala from his satguru.
In a few months we will see Brahmachari Mayuran begging entrance at the Wall of Rain outside Kadavul Temple, praying for acceptance into the monastic order as a Postulant Sadhaka.
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Humble Prostrations to LORD GANESHA!
Congratulations Brahmachari Mayuran!
“LET GOD BE YOUR ONLY AIM
Have faith in God. Believe in Him with all your heart. Think that in the world He is for you the sweetest of all sweet things. Think that there is nothing other than God. Sitting or standing, walking or lying down, think of Him. Let the thought of Him permeate your nerves, flesh and blood. Think that you are non-existent and that He alone exists. Let the aim of your life be to worship Him.
What one thinks, that one becomes. Have God in your heart and bring Him up there. Let all actions be His action. Finally all will be seen as He.”
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.