Each morning at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Australia faiths share their spiritual practices and invite all to join. Today Bodhinatha held a Shum guided meditation. Palaniswami gave ten minutes of history and insight into the language of meditation and then some 24 people joined in the guided meditation,which was translated by Senthilnathaswami into English. Afterwards, several came forward to speak with Bodhiantha.
Suhag Shukla was there from HAF as was UK-based Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan, a shishya of our Hindu of the Year Sri Gopal Sharan Devacharya, seen here asking Palaniswami about Shum.
This is the yoga panel of the day, with the moderator on the far left.
We also attended a panel on Proselytization and Conversion, and listen to the delightful summary by our friend and Sri Chinmoy devotee Kusumita Pederson. After the panel we spent an hour with her discussing the important issues of conversion and whether laws against conversion should be made (she thinks not). She is working on a study of the philosophy of Sri Chinmoy and gave Bodhinatha a book of her Guru's poems which she edited. In all, a busy, busy and fruitful day Down Under.
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