Behind the Maha Ganapati temple is a breath-taking forest. Here Bodhinatha has been asked to bless a small area where devotees can meditate in nature. A statue of Dakshinamurti will be placed to look over the meditators as they go in and into themselves in silence.
The sacred location has been chosen and a kumbha of blessed water is poured.
Bodhinatha breaks a coconut in the spot where Dakshinamurti will be placed.
Ganesha is now brought out to lead in a procession around the temple
These youths have made their own Kavadi and will take part in the procession as well
All are uplifted by the strong darshan today
Bodhinatha and Iyer, the chief priest, over see the event
Kavadi, Kavadi Kavadi !!!
Temple Trustees present Bodhinatha with a commemorative plate of the auspicious festival to Ganesha
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