At home at the Aadheenam, today we enjoyed a visit from David Lemon, Senior Manager of Type Development at Adobe Systems, Inc., in San Jose, California. Adobe, the inventor of the Postscript language that originally allowed computers to send typographical and graphical information to printers and which remains important today as the language behind many computer fonts and the basis of their PDF standard, is one of the world’s largest and most respected type foundries. The monastery has been using Adobe typefaces in its publications for decades. An important contact for the monastery’s publications group, David engaged with us in worthwhile discussion today about many things typographical, opening doors for giving feedback and input that may help guide certain typefaces the company is working on.
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.