OK, so you, like most everyone else, have never heard of Scribd. Back in the day, we remember explaining to visitors the magic of a little search engine we found useful--Google. Well, Scribd is to printed publications what Google is to search and YouTube is to video, a rapidly growing, free place for anyone and everyone to share their writings--poems, user manuals, vintage novels, scientific papers, government documents, useless scribblings and precious masterpieces. The monks discovered Scribd about three months back, and have been working since to get Gurudeva's teachings on this important site, as tens of millions of people are discovering it, visiting it and downloading publications from it. This month a push was made to get Hinduism Today on Scribd, and that's just what happened. If you visit www.scribd.com you will find dozens of issues of the world's most valued Hindu magazine online, for free. Soon every back issue will be there, and it's all searchable! Thousands of readers have already discovered us here, and we have just begun. The monks plan to have virtually our entire library of teachings here. They thought, for a while, that Google Book Search would be the place, but that model proved too illegible and cumbersome. Scribd is the Google Book Search of the future.
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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.
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Patanjali's Yoga Sutras