Natyam Satyanatha and I are high above the Pacific Ocean, heading to Mumbai, India, via Frankfurt. Sitting on the flight, I marveled at a two-year-old girl working an iPhone like a teenager. Swiping and gesturing, opening and closing apps, playing with one for a minute, then off to the icons to fetch another. Barely able to speak, she was already literate in mobile devices. Just now she looked across the aisle and saw me admiring her skills. Then, turning to her parents, she put her index finger on her forehead and said, “Mommy, he has ouch,” pointing to me. She thought I was injured, and for a full five minutes would not be appeased though mommy told her I would be alright.”
Our journey to India is multi-faceted, including several publication meetings, film discussions, Iraivan carving site reviews, a giant mela in Mysore, temple visits, Hinduism Today planning sessions, meeting our Kerala artist, and more.
And breaking news from Mumbai: Sadhaka writes:
After long long flights we arrived in Mumbai. Half a million people at the airport even as early as at 2am, or at least it seemed like it. We checked in at a hotel nearby, in a neighborhood slightly better looking than a slum. Stepping inside the Mumbai Mirage, the contrast struck us: a brand new building, with a friendly staff that spoke impeccable English and European standards. A perfect depiction of today’s India. We love to be here.
All is well. Many meetings tomorrow.
Love from Sadhaka Satyanatha and Paramacharya Sadasivanatha.
3 Responses to “Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and Sadhaka Satyanatha on Mission”
God speed to you both, dear sons. May your journey be sucessful in everyway. Enjoy the wonderful people I´m sure you´ll meet and spend time with, absorb the exquisite places and its culture, feel the energy – and go back full of new things to tell and share with your brothers! Much love, Amma Debora.
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.