Our Siddhidata Kulam reported on their work this phase. They put a lot of effort into post storm clean up, our garden and the on-going maintenance of our entire physical infrastructure.
On other fronts, we had a very unusual tour day the other day because everyone was very interested in metaphysics and the Pillaiyar Kulam informs us that they sold 5 sets of the Master Course Trilogy and many other books.
On other fronts, Bodhinatha, Paramacharya Palaniswami and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami are very focused now on preparing for their trip and participation at the Parliament of the World Religions in Melbourne, Australia, where it is summer time now with temperature reaching 110 degrees fahrenheit.
We got an interesting query from a Hinduism Today reader who is using quotes from Dancing with Siva on Newsweek blog discussions.
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