Bodhinatha is getting ready for his trip to Mauritius and India next month. All the devotees in Mauritius are really excited and have super big plans in the works. Also Bodhinatha will be giving 10 initiations of members who have progressed in the spiritual path while he is there.
Today the Pillaiyar Kulam gave their news. Shanmuganathaswami has been busy with the distribution of the recently printed April issue of Hinduism Today. Muruganathaswami reports a higher than usual number of new people ordering books and items from our online web store. Yogi Jothinatha continues to work with our advertisers in Hinduism Today and Yogi Jivanandanatha is working hard to settle all the accounting before this retreat’s Hindu Heritage Endowment meeting. And this is just the tip of the iceberg of what they are doing.
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