Visitors today on our public tour were an interesting group. The seemed extra sensitive to the “sannidhya” (powerful force of sanctity that radiates out and around a holy place) of the temple grounds. One gentleman gave testimony regarding a professor at Stanford University who has published evidence that material changes are evident in areas where deep mediation are performed over a sustained period of time.
It is a special treat to see the silpis actually at work on the temple. Here Silpi Kannan finishes the last course of the beautiful railing!
This inspired pilgrim did the entire tour without shoes (even the gravel road) as a discipline.
Kulamata Amala speaking to the group about our Rudraksha project and fund raising for Iraivan.
These are our neighbors, Beverly & Bart. Bart’s mother is visiting and loved her time at the Temple.
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