His Holiness Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji came to the Aadheenam again this morning. He continued his tour of the property with a visit to Bali Hai falls, where we have a set steps for piligrims to go to the river below Iraivan.
Saravananathaswami is taking him around San Marga.
A visit to Anna Purna gardens
Then Swamiji went to the Media lab. Here he is being introduced to our Agama digitization project by Arumugaswami who had just completed a thirty-minute interview with him.
Swamiji is traveling with Almatti Swamiji and Mr. Nanjundaswamy. Almatti Swamiji is serving at the US east coast Veerashaiva center, in Maryland.
After visiting with each of the GK swami’s it was time to leave. Swami first garlands Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami.
Sadasivanathaswami then garlands Swamiji on Bodhinatha’s behalf.
And gives him a rudraksha mala made of beads grown here at Kauai Aadheenam.
Kumarnathaswami honors Almatti Swamiji
And Mr. Nanjundaswamy is honored by Arumuganathaswami.
Mahaswamiji requested a group photo.
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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.