Sydney Murugan Temple February 15, 2009. Bodhinatha has come to take part in the annual Youth Day and hopefully to inspire greater participation in the Youth group. His advice to the leaders of the group is to plan more fun activities to supplement the existing karma yoga and educational programs at the temple.
Members of Sydney Murugan Youth Circle welcoming Bodhinathaswami. The Youth Circle has been responsible for running the temple Resource Centre library. They've also organized the annual Poongavanam festival for the past eight years.
Aileen and Inder Mirchandani (center in photo with Palendira family), vacationing in Australia from Honolulu, have come to be with Bodhinatha this morning.
Opening the Youth Day event with a Carnatic vocal performance.
Bodhinatha giving his presentation "Insights into Temple Worship". Every participant has been given a copy of the Home Puja booklet which shows how to do a simple Ganesha puja. Bodhinatha explains that knowing how to do a puja can bring a whole new level of appreciation for the puja done by the priests in the temple. Similarly, having some training in Bharata Natyam will help someone appreciate the subtleties of a dance performance more.
Quite a few teenagers have come for the event.
Youth co-ordinator giving an outline of Youth Circle activities including the upcoming Poongavanam festival.
Youth staging a skit. For more about the Sydney Murugan Youth Circle see:
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