Today was a most auspicious day. Another soul has advanced herself in the practice of Saiva Siddhanta. Puvaneswary Roberts received her Vishesha Diksha today and will take up the responsibility and practice of daily Siva puja. This is also a deepening of her commitment to the Kailasa Parampara and its mission. Here is the vow.
VISHESHA DIKSHA VOW
Prostrations to the holy feet of Lord Ganesha! Aum Sivâya! I pledge my loyalties to the Saiva Swâmî Sangam of Saiva Siddhânta Church, to the monistic Saiva Siddhânta theology of Rishi Tirumular and, most importantly, to the holy feet of my satguru in this life, Bodhinatha Veylanswami, as I enter the Srî Subramuniya Rishi Gotra. In doing so, I rededicate myself to the Sanâtana Dharma and now bind myself to the congregation of devotees of Saiva Siddhânta Church, those who uphold the Saiva Dharma--Dancing with Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism and the Creed for Saivite Hindus--and seek to remold the Saiva karma by doing penance for the entire Saivite world as it moves from an agricultural into a technological era and on into a new age of space. As I sit before Guru Mahâsannidhânam and the Saiva swâmîs and the gotra of devotees, I bow before the holy feet of Lord Natarâja, pledging my allegiance as a soldier of the within and a silent minister, emissary of duty to be well performed. I have enjoined my three bodies--soul, mental and physical--to propel new members into our fellowship and make them comfortable in our congregation. May Lord Ganesha bless me, may Lord Murugan bless me, may Lord Siva bless me. May Gurudeva bless me in this and from inner worlds as I join for all time as a Sivathondar the great congregation of Saiva Siddhânta Church and irrevocably blend my karma with its dharma. Anbe Sivamayam Satyame Parasivam."
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.