Stepping back to yesterday we go into the Minimela where all our visitors end up after the tour.
Vayudeva Varadan is visiting for a week to help Shanmuganathaswami in the Pillaiyar Kulam. As a professional writer, he will be helping to write synopsis of Gurudeva's books to help visitors have a brief overall idea of what each book has to offer.
Bramacharini Lila Devi helps daily in the Mini-Mela. Today a guest was interested in buying one of the beautiful unique and original handmade rudraksha necklaces made by Kulamata Savitri Palani in Concord, CA. Br. Lila also showed our guests the special "Ekka Muki" single faced and "Gowri Shankar" double rudraksha beads from India.
Each tour day when Bodhinatha is in residence, he enjoys signing books purchased in the Mini-Mela by our visitors.
Shoppers examining books in the Mini-Mela.
Vayudeva enjoys darshan with Bodhinatha.
Jason Stein is a professional mediator from San Francisco (in the striped shirt on the far left) He helps people solve disputes saving expensive legal fees and frees up the court system. He also teaches mediation to lawyers. Bodhinatha shares insights on the importance of mediation on legal disputes instead of taking cases to court. Bodhinatha recommended he read the HHE Estate Planning package to help individuals set up a well planned estate and will. Disputes over distribution of an estate after someone passes on is one of the biggest sources of family disputes and litigation. Estate planning can prevent such disputes in advance.
Jason visits Kauai twice a year, and this year he decided to purchase Gurudeva's trilogy, have it signed by Bodhinatha and shipped free of charge to his home to avoid the extra baggage charges. The trilogy is three thousand pages and weighs 15 pounds. He also signed up as a Book One student. Welcome, Jason. We all look forward to getting to know you.
Returning to Kauai for a second visit from Toronto are Siva and Darshini Balasinghem. Originally from Jaffna, Sri Lanka, they settled in Canada 28 years ago and raised three children there. Darshini is in Hawaii for a banking conference. She works for CIBC in Toronto. Siva is a Civil enineer.
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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