Six of our Indian stone craftsmen are in the final days of their stay on Kauai. They arrived in August of 2005 and will leave on April 1st of 2009. Happy to return to their homes and families, a bit sad to leave Paradise. Here they are on an excursion to Pearl Harbor, visiting the battleship Missouri on the deck of which was signed the War Treaty that ended World War II.
Silpi Manikandan is our best translator between languages.
Silpi Sellaiah. These photos from this morning are taken on their day off, during their temple visit. Silpi Karuppiah is missing.
They stood for a photo by Kadavul Temple, and this little girl came forward, excited to have her picture taken, too. That's little Alex with our Indian craftsmen. She asked Palaniswami where all the animals went during the Iniki hurricane. Alex worshipped Lord Ganesha for the first time today. As she stood up from prostrating, she told her mom, "She is so beautiful!" Alex saw Ganesha as a woman.
Thank you for posting these wonderful pictures of the silpis – it is good to see the joyful souls who bring Iraivan Temple to life with their amazing talent and devotion. And thank you for the photos from the previous TAKAs – the delightful pictures of the monks and silpis, and the very special photo collection of our beloved Gurudeva. All will be cherished for many years to come! Namaste and a warm Aloha to little Alex!
It is not a mistery to hear Alex’s experience after praying to Ganesha for the first time. I myself have been seeing Ganesha as my mother, and I go to “Him” for all of my needs (like a little child going to his mother for every need); many “He” fulfils, and some “He” doesn’t, but in that case, “He” gives me the understanding that I do not need that—a wondreful peace of mind! Alex is blessed with this new experience.
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