Photos arrived of the opening of the new facilities for the Tirunavakarasu Orphanage in Sri Lanka. You will remember that the old building was destroyed in the Asian Tsunami. Finally, the boys have a new home, more inland this time.
The photos here are of the official ribbon cutting ceremony.
Two swamis graced the event, and Kannan welcomes them in the traditional way.
The ribbon is cut to open the building. With the next few photos we give a few Yogaswami gems of wisdom. His life and teachings, along with Gurudeva's, are the fundamental inspiration behind this orphanage.
You must not be indifferent to work because your salary is poor.
We must demolish the fortress that we ourselves have built.
The great say that we should remain without like or dislike.
All men are beautiful walking flowers. Instead of remaining as a witness and enjoying all this, man suffers through being possessed by the disease of 'I' and 'mine'.
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