Some belated submissions after our three-day retreat. Before going off to
trinidad, Bodhinatha stopped over in Maryland.
Nigel Siva and his wife met them on the way through. Nigel writes:
It is really wonderful to have our Satguru with us here in Maryland. Here, He and Shanmuganathaswami are relaxing in Their hotel suite after a very long trip from Trinidad.
Satguru with the Siva family—Nigel (left), Inpah (right) and their son Ragavan (middle).
Satguru and Shanmuganathaswami. They are going to attend the Annual Nallur Festival at the Murugan Temple of North America (6300 Princess Garden Parkway, Lanham, Maryland) tomorrow (Saturday 13 August 2011). Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami presides over this Annual Nallur Festival, which has become an established tradition now. Satguru is going to give a talk to the devotees on “The Sacred Temple.” The main event in this Festival is Murugan going around the Temple in a Ratham (chariot). This Ratham is over 21 feet high and is made as a replica of the Ratham in the Nallur Temple in Sri Lanka.
(A slide show of this event appears later on TAKA)
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.