“Pandit Ramesh Rajamani visited for the first time. He is the head priest of the Hindu Temple of Dayton (http://www.daytontemple.org/) in Ohio, USA. He has wanted to visit for a long time ever since he first heard about our late Gurudeva in 1973 when he was studying at a Vedic pathasala in Chennai. Now he had the opportunity because he was conducting a Hindu wedding on another Hawaiian island. He really likes Kauai Aadheenam and had a special tour of Iraivan Temple, meeting the silpis, seeing the rajagopuram construction up close on the roof.”
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Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day retreat,
until Dvitya Tithi, Sun One, Tuesday, January 13th.
Subha Varma & Kishore Pathial with their two sons Gautam and Kapil visited for the second time. Gautam wrote an opinion article for Hinduism Today a few years ago. The family also started a fund at Hindu Heritage Endowment call the Kerala Temple Trust (click to contribute) which provides for upkeep of temples in Kerala. The family has been strong members of the Chinmaya Mission for many years.
Rev. Mira Sai Ma and her student visited from California for the first time. She is a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba and Shirdi Sai Baba, and opened her own center in San Jose. They had a wonderful pilgrimage here for a week, seeing Iraivan temple, performing abhishekam to the Narmada Sivalingam, doing Wailua Ganga Sadhana, walking down San Marga path and meditating at the Swayambhu Lingam there.
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