We bring some more photos from Bodhinatha's visit to the Ganesha Hindu Temple in Adelaide, Australia, from Prema and Ramani Iyer who were part of the 2008 Innersearch to Cambodia and India. You can also see other photos of Bodhinatha's visit to Adelaide on Taka on 19th Feb: http://himalayanacademy.com/blog/taka/2009/2/19/ .
Bodinatha sits at the haven as the local Vedic Chanting Group chant throughout the havan and puja.
Bodhinatha carries the khumba pot, circumambulating the temple, to the Ganesha shrine. Ganga leads the way with the lamp.
After the puja, Bodhinatha is welcomed by the temple President Siva Selvakulalingam. One thing that a lot of us did not know is that Gurudeva gave Siva and the committee guidance as our temple was being planned and build. Siva visited him with the plans to seek guidance and communicated with him several times during the building of the temple.
He presents a wonderful talk to a diverse audience on Hinduism and Temples, also talking about Gurudeva's visions of Siva and experiences in the akasha.
Dr. Ravidran thanks Bodhinata for his visit, his talk and his blessings.
The next morning, after an early breakfast, Bodhinatha and Sadhaka Haranandinatha leave for Melbourne. Thank you Bodhinatha for visiting Adelaide and bestowing your blessings on us. Come again soon!
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