Sunday, August 9th the Wailua Mission members and Master Course students living on Kauai gathered at the lovely home of Tandu and Uma Sivanathan. Here is one of the many beautiful Ganesha murthis in an alcove surrounded by water lilies and bonsai trees.
Master Course students Faith Collier and Kamala Guhan working on the rudraksha key chains. Bramacharini Lila Devi is making the ever popular bead on a string.
Kulamata Valli Sendan makes the many colorful tassels for the rudraksha malas as Rishimata "Oma" helps with the beads on a string
The men place the beads on the sturdy racks for power washing to clean the fruit off the seeds. Seated from left to right are Kulapati Aran Sendan, Master Course student Todhadeva Guhan and Kulapati Deva Seyon.
Seated on the floor is student Justice Collier, working on the couch, our host Tondu Sivanatha and Kulapati Durvasa Alahan.
Our beautiful and ever energetic hostess, Uma Sivananathan sits on the floor sorting the rudraksha beads by size and color to make malas.
A surprise guest from California on pilgrimage for a week, Nathan Sendan assists with putting the rudraksha beads on the racks.
Faith has great concentration and really enjoyed making the key rings to sell in the Mini Mela.
After working on the project for two hours, we break for a lovely potluck lunch.
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