Bodhinatha, Arumugaswami and Sadhaka Nandinatha are moving quickly in their last days in India. Here are news briefs from Bodhinatha:
Om Sivaya, everyone,
March 29th, Monday
Drove from Chennai to Tiruvannamalai checked in to Hotel. Lunch and then to the Siva temple for archana at 2:30. Were taken close to the murtis in the Siva and Parvati main shrines. Powerful vibration so close.
Short rest and then we drove to the temple and began our Giri Vallam at 6:30 PM. It took us about 4 1/2 hours to complete the 14 kilometer pilgrimage, around the hill — a bit challenging on the feet going barefoot with so many loose stones to walk on.
It was the full moon day, so the proper day for giri vallam. Easily over 100,000 participating.
Drove from Tiruvannamalai to Pondicherry. Paid a visit to the French Institute of Indology. Evening six pm meeting at hotel with Sundaramurti Sivachariar from Bangalore gurukulam plus a few of his students.
Visited a printer used by Samata Publishing, nearby Ganesha temple, another visit to the institute. Received a first portion English translation of Gnana Amritam from Dr. Ganesan.
Drove to Chidambaram after lunch. Evening meditation at the temple. and meetings with the Dikshitars.
Special 8 AM archana at Chidambaram, then drove to Tiruvavaduthurai Aadheenam and met the Kartar who was on silence. Talked about Agama project and their collection. Then to Swamimalai and Kuberan Sthapathi’s place to see the Aavudaiyar. It turned out to be a media event with with lots of reporters including Sun TV to show off the Aavudaiyar! Selvanathan and Pooni were there as well.
Next down the street for archana at Swamimalai Murugan Temple and finally drove to Thanjavur for the overnight at Sangam Hotel.
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