On Friday, Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami had a day of meetings in San Francisco. In the evening was a formal project meeting and then dinner with our members from the Golden Gate Mission who are helping with the Ganapati Kulam's Media Studio renovation project. Tremendous progress has been made in preparation for the project, including nearly finished plans and budget analysis, thanks primarily to the great work of professional architect Thamby Kumaran and experienced project manager Satya Palani, all under the guidance of retired master contractor Deva Rajan. Everyone you see in the group photo here will be coming to Kauai to help with the project in person at some point.
Earlier in the day we had two meetings at the offices Rocket Science Consulting in The Mission. In one meeting, Sadasivanathaswami and Senthilnathaswami reviewed the past year's work on our IT systems that are all managed by Rocket Science, and discussed future projects. In another meeting, we got to know the new Rocket Science Creative team and kicked off a software development project together. The Ganapati Kulam has used Extensis Portfolio Server for years to manage and search its archives of nearly half a million image files for the monastery's publications and websites. The software has become too expensive to maintain and doesn't serve our purposes perfectly, so Rocket Science Creative is going to write an all-new custom software package to do the job just right for us. If all goes right, they'll be able to use it themselves for their own work and offer it to other clients as well. We have fit perfectly with this youthful team of professional nerds and creative geniuses since adopting their services three years ago, so we're confident this project is going to be a success.
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.