Our team is very busy and reports barely having time to connect to the internet and when the time comes there may be no way to connection. Bodhinatha has managed to send some reports for Saturday, Sunday and Monday:
Om Sivaya, everyone,
Another busy day. First activity was a homa and abhishekam to the Siva lingam at the Spiritual Park. The ceremony included thirteen vishesha dikshas, two arul sishya pledges and one brahmacharya vrata. All present poured some river water over the Narmada lingam as part of the ceremony. Many members commented it was just like the homas they see on TAKA that take place in Kadavul Temple.
Then a drive to Ebene which is the Mauritius cybercity to the Link Hotel there. Ebene is a bit south of Port Louis.
In the afternoon there were two activities at the hotel, first a seminar for Master Course students and second a workshop for Saiva Hindu Religion children’s teachers. These were from 3 -- 7 PM. This is the first time we have used the conference rooms at this hotel. It was a good quality facility. It is great when after a long event there is no place to go except upstairs in the same hotel!
Today was the Family Fun Day at Domaine de Lagrave. It is a nature preserve with a private facility on it that offers different adventures. The adventure we chose was a two hour treasure hunt. The members divided into six groups and sought out treasure with map and compass in hand. This was followed by lunch. Next we met all the youth and children and took pictures of them for the SSC website.
Today the swamis made some business visits in the morning seeing our auditor and a representative of our bank. In the evening we had dinner at Kulapati Mougam’s restaurant in Curepipe.
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.