Our team has moved on and is now in Chennai and will be departing for home in a day or so. Stepping back in time we return to Pondicherry a few days ago.
After several years of work and amassing 818 Gigabytes of data, the digitization of manuscripts and ola leaves from the Indological Institute of Pondicherry and the French School of the Far East (over 800,000 images) in Pondicherry has been completed and the operations team closed up shop in India.
A special dinner was held in Pondicherry to commemorate the completion of this historic project that Bodhinatha set up to capture our scriptures for future generations.
Bodhinatha officially thanked everyone and emphasized the importance of the Agamas in our daily worship. He called them the Invisible Scriptures. The scripture that governs many areas of our life but no one knows what they are.
The evening begun with recital holy verses then lighting of lamps.
This followed by opening address by Acharya Arumuganathaswami. Then followed by short speeches by various scholars. Every single one were grateful to the San Marga Trust (India) aka Kauai Aadheenam. It seems this digitization process brought a new inspiration to digitize various scriptures stored in various libraries around India.
Dr. Jean-Luc Chevillard of the French School of the Far East gives a shawl to Bodhinatha, Arumuganathaswami
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.