Here is Bodhinatha at Swami Omkarananda’s Ashram in Tamil Nadu, two hours drive outside of Madurai.
But today he is still in Delhi and writes:
Tue, Feb 12th, We went to Swami Pragyanand’s ashram in the morning for a tour and lunch. It is an unbeat place with lots of activities. Has 24-hour a day chanting of Ganesha Mantram, eternal fire, eternal flame, ideas he got from Kadavul. Really appreciated our continued support.
In the afternoon we want for the first time to the Ashram of Swami Gopal Charan. He came to Kauai about a year ago and invited us. It is a four-year-old ashram that is attractively layed out and quite clean. The main temple is to Radha Krishna and a smaller one to Siva-Parvati with a large Naramada lingam for abhishekam and arati. He is of the Nimbarka school of Vaishnavism. His main center is in Brindavan.
Swami Omkarananda’s Ashram in Theni
Sadhaka Dandapani writes:
When we were in Madurai we went to Theni 90 mins west of Madurai, to visit Swami Omkarananda’s ashram.
Swami is a wonderfully jovial person and is doing wonderful work.
Here we are by the river that runs behind the ashram.
A giant yagasala built in such a way that all the smokes goes out the top efficiently.
Bodhinatha and Swami address the small group of devotees present.
The experience of ananda in savikalpa samadhi has to cease before you can have the deeper nirvikalpa samadhi. Agitations of the mind are released by the attainment of shanti in the anahata and vishuddha chakras. Only man can experience Satchidananda, the all pervasiveness of God. Understanding where we are in consciousness. The realization of one's self as a soul is the first stage of Self Realization, then Satchidanada, then Parasiva.
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 365
Master Course, Dancing with Siva, Lesson 1
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Cessation of Bliss