One day per week all the monks help the Siddhidata Kulam with various kinds of projects that might include carpentry, gardening, painting and other kinds of construction or repair work. Here is Sivakatirswami oiling some beautiful pine boards for renovation of one of the rooms in our buildings.
Sadhaka Satyanatha is helping to repair the deck of the big mower used on Himalayan Acres. The metal has rusted significantly (a huge problem on our tropical island) and needs to be replaced.
Here you can see that the rusted deck has been removed. He's cleaning loose pieces of rusted metal so that new steel plate can be welded in place.
Riccardo is trying to get the old generator (which was used to power the monastery during the one month electrical outage following Hurricane Iniki) up and running so that we can use the arc welder on the mower.
Sadhaka Adinatha installing new awning next to the workshop.
Sorting pipe and metal left over from previous jobs.
Arumugaswami welding new metal plate onto the mower.
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