A beautiful morning with sunshine and light cloud cover. Several Hindu families were present for the morning puja in Kadavul Temple where they received the powerful darshan and blessings of Siva Nataraja.
(Far left) is M. Chellappah and his wife from Kent, U.K. As a boy he grew up in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and Chellappah remembers being taken by his father on several occasions to visit Saint Yogaswami. Also visiting today from Sunnyvale, CA are Sachin and Madhavi Sankolkar with their two young children, little Sanjana aged four, and three-month old Akshaye (taking a nap). With them, visiting from India, are the children’s grandparents Madan B. and Vijaya M. Satpute from Aurangabad, Maharashtra. All of our guests had heard about the temple from friends and relatives who had previously visited the Aadheenam.
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