Sun Two at the Aadheenam, a rainy day that made plants happy and monks a little wet. Rainy days bring a special view here at the monastery: when Iraivan Temple’s stones get soaked and darkened, the contrast makes its gleaming golden gopuras glitter even brighter.
Every year we create some special gifts for pilgrims who came to celebrate Gurudeva’s mahasadhi and for Church members who could not come. This year, we began with a precious jewel of a souvenir, an Affirmation etched in wood by our new laser engraver. The results are beautiful.
Around Gurudeva’s picture one reads in his own handwriting multiple stances of Aum Namah Sivaya.
We are working on many more uses for this new engraver, most of them involving fundraising projects.
The second creation is a powerful small book. For those who remember The Pathfinder Series of small booklets, The Power of Affirmation was the bestseller of that collection.
We organized those affirmations and many more in this brand new book.
Copies will arrive at the Aadheenam soon. Just a few came so far, and they were all given to the pilgrims.
Gurudeva’s powerful words are as timeless as the Truths they contain.
Meanwhile, we received a nice report from Singapore, where they are working to make the precious rose-quartz granite floor of Iraivan Temple a reality.
They say ot was a “fruitful and energetic meeting! We exchanged ideas to boost Iraivan’s floor-stone sponsorship.”
Unless kundalini is active, the deepest meditative states are not available to us. But to activate kundalini, Gurudeva tells us we must invoke the grace of Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. "Yoga is internalized worship which leads to union with God." Experience the inside of you in a profound way. This requires dispassion. The popular term "kriya yoga" usual refers to a form of pranayama, but the original kriya yoga is defined by Sage Patanajli as the practice of three of the niyamas: tapas, svadhyaya and Isvarapranidhana. To achieve samadhi we practice yoga, steady restraint of mental activities, austerity, meditation, detachment, self study and worship of God. Communion with the Ishta Devata, the chosen God is a key and also Gurudeva tells us: the Deity chooses you.
Master Course, Dancing with Siva, Lesson 39
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 5
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras