Our troop of Sannyasins have left early this morning on their way home to India.
We continue the series from yesterday. After lunch each one was honored with a shawl, a rudraksha mala from our trees a crystal mala an a small Sivalingam. We also gave Nirmalanandanathaswami some back issues of Hinduism Today.
Later in the afternoon after a rest everyone came back to tour Iraivan, they also made a gift to present to Bodhinatha which they gave to Paramacharya Sivanathaswami who received it on his behalf.
Next, we went out to iraivan.
Each of this party serves in a different area of Karnataka.
Sri Shivananda Swamiji is one of their senior swami’s having been with the order for over forty years. He serves at the Mysore center.
Sri Nirmalanandanatha Swamiji, who serves directly under Sri Sri Balagangadharanathaswami at their main center in Karnataka.
Sri Chandrashekaranatha Swamiji serves at the center in Tumkur
Sri Sivaputra Swamiji serves at the center in Hassan.
Sri Shrishyla Swamiji serves at the Matha in Bangalore
Sri Lakshminarayananatha Swamiji serves at Khshetra.
Sri Lingesha A.S. is Balagangadharanathaswami’s Public Relations Officer in Bangalore.
A vist to the cows who just happened to be in th pasture near the Rudraksha forest.
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.