The Ekadanta Kulam reported today wonderful news about the progress of future Church members. Some are ready to receive initiations or to take full steps into membership. It’s always inspiring to hear about these brave souls who found their path.
A pleasant warm day, typical of the weeks before the Hawaiian summer blesses us with its very tropical weather.
The Ekadanta Kulam also mentioned a special project, but we will keep a surprise for now. Meanwhile, we will look at one very important concept of Hinduism:
Darshan means “Vision, sight.”
The trilogy’s lexicon elaborates,
“Seeing the Divine. Beholding, with inner or outer vision, a temple image, Deity, holy person or place, with the desire to inwardly contact and receive the grace and blessings of the venerated being or beings. Even beholding a photograph in the proper spirit is a form of darshana.”
Gurudeva knew that many devotees came to TAKA for a daily darshan — we even had a section by that name when TAKA started.
The lexicon entry continues, “Not only does the devotee seek to see the Divine, but to be seen as well, to stand humbly in the awakened gaze of the holy one, even if for an instant, such as in a crowded temple when thousands of worshipers file quickly past the enshrined Lord.”
“Gods and gurus are thus said to ‘give’ darshana, and devotees ‘take’ darshana, with the eyes being the mystic locus through which energy is exchanged. This direct, personal two-sided apprehension is a central and highly sought-after experience of Hindu faith.”
We see in those eyes full of wisdom and love our own potential, our inner light. Jai to our satgurus.
In the spirit of darshan, TAKA brings you today some photos that are a little bigger, of our satgurus and of the holy place of pilgrimage that is Kauai Aadheenam. Because awareness, energy and willpower are one, you can travel as awareness. You are awareness. Be where you choose to be.
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