Bodhinatha had a busy morning as there were many requests for darshan. Long time devotees, Kulapati and Kulamata Shyamadeva and Peshanidevi Dandapani are here from Alaska.
Meena Nagalingam on the left is daughter of Pathmaraja and Nageswary Nagalingam her from Malaysia with Shamalah Nataraja.
We have known Meena since she was just a baby in Nageswary’s arms and it is wonderful to see the next generation sitting with Gurudeva’s successor.
Mr. Durairaj from California is one of the many great temple sevaks in America. For decades he and others have worked and served selflessly at the Malibu temple in California. These families who have stay with the task of keeping our temples are the backbone of Hinduism in America.
The Durairaj family are lifetime subscribers of Hinduism Today and have known Gurudeva and the swamis for many years. They have a brief chat with Paramacharya Palaniswami.
Paramacharya Ceyonswami talks with guests in the temple.
Surendra and Dedrajie Rajpal with their sons. They are also lifetime subscribers of Hinduism Today and supporters of Iraivan. Surendra appreciates what Hinduism Today is doing and also sends and annual donation to support the magazine production. The visit Kauai every few years.
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