Though today had many appointments, they are all in the GRT Grand hotel--no need to drive all day around a city with high temperatures!
Appointments included Nellaiappan family, Sheela, a small Chennai publisher Samata, our Agama project priest team, Ananth Master Course student from Bangalore, Jiva Kanmanai Thuri and Swapna, a San Marga Trust meeting.
March 28th, Sunday (yesterday in India)
Day began by attending a gathering at Yogasana Alayam and giving a talk which Nellaiappan translated. The president Kalyanasundarm came to Kauai some time ago and has started a regular homa with prayer burning as one of their activities.
Back to the hotel and a few meetings with Sriram, an online devotee, a neighbor of Nellaiappan’s who is doing a translation, the Manivel family and lunch at the hotel with Gunalan.
Afternoon was a trip to Chinmaya Mission for a talk and questions answers with a gathering of their youth.
Evening was a meeting with Dr. Ganapati. He is the chief editor of the Tirumantiram translation. He has a deep appreciation for the Siddha tradition and on the monistic versus pluralistic debate takes the monistic side. He translated two of the chapters (tantras) of Tirumantiram himself and coordinated the translation of the rest.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Thursday, April 1st.
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