Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami visited with Mr. K. Suriyakumar at his home in Diablo, California, last Thursday. Enjoying the great weather outdoors, we sat and showed The Guru Chronicles, which we just had converted to the ePub format for the iPad.
Suriyakumar and his wife, Rushika, are both from Sri Lanka. After discussing a number of projects they are helping the monastery with, they enjoyed having a peek at an unbound copy of The Guru Chronicles as well. Paramacharya enjoyed showing them the Yogaswami chapters.
On Friday, we met our Bay Area members and students at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. The Dahlia Garden just outside was in glorious full bloom, so we couldn't help but spend some time there (nearly an hour!) enjoying all of the beautiful inner-plane beings' creations.
Dr. Tom Yarema, our monastery physician when he lived on Kauai (he now lives in Santa Cruz), and his daughter Jasmine joined us as well.
On Friday evening it was our pleasure to enjoy an informal satsang with devotees at the home of Chandran and Sahanadevi Param in Concord.
Everyone was held in rapt attention while Sadasivanathaswami described what it was like creating The Guru Chronicles.
A few minutes later, we passed out the unsewn, unbound signatures from the copy we were carrying with us. The group fell completely silent. We could hardly get it out of their hands!
As always, it was as distinct pleasure to spend time with Saiva Siddhanta Church members and Himalayan Academy students. It was a real highlight of our nine-day journey.
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.