Easan and Sundari Katir from Santa Clara California recently approached Bodhinatha seeking blessings for some fund raising ideas they had for Iraivan Temple. Long time devotees, they have worked tirelessly since the inception of Iraivan to help raise funds and inspire the born Hindu families in the greater Bay Area to do the same.
Bodhinatha felt they could be most effective by flying over to Kauai and give personal tours for the hundreds of guests that come to Kauai Aadheenam to see Iraivan during the holiday season. They performed an invaluable service to the monks and local mission members by giving hours and hours of service by providing personal attention to our guests.
Even on retreat days Easan and Sundari would provide full tours down the San Marga path and on this day we counted fifty guests.
Spellbound by the wonderments of Iraivan.
Easan told Bodhinatha that he was able to talk to more people about Iraivan in this one week than an entire year of living in Santa Clara.
Sundari enlightened us on an important fact about Iraivan. In ancient times Kings or Raja’s would build the temples (and accrue the benefits) where Iraivan is a rare opportunity as it is being built by the people.
Today was their last day and we want to thank them for their wonderful service!
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