Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathswami have been very busy. They conducted a mini-innersearch dedicated to our members and their families. Here are some highlights from Bodhinatha’s reports:
Om Sivaya, everyone,
Day began with my second class on Shum. The group took a mid morning two hour hike (trek) to a waterfall. Shanmuganathaswami conducted a morning and an afternoon class. He ran the projector from his ipad.
The trek took longer than expected, and while waiting Shanmuganathaswami showed videos to the group that stayed back various videos such as the HT quarterly report, the Iraivan update, the stone bell hole video (one of the favorites) and Fernando the Bull (for the kids.) Shanmuganathaswami’s morning session began with pranayama, the auric circle, color visualization and a projected presentation of the Pilgrim Sadhana guide. The theme of the presentations has been daily sadhana.
The afternoon session began with an introduction of the shum alphabet, shum chanting of the first 18 characters and then a brief “tyatyaba” (chit chat) getting re-acquainted and re-connected with some of Gurudeva’s older devotees who want to be part of Saiva Siddhanta Church again, their families and some friends. We counted 76 in attendance at the sessions, but Bodhinatha signed 92 retreat certificates.
Additionally afternoon games and an evening “family night” of fun which we introduced and then left.
Om Sivaya, everyone,
Sunday morning was the last portion of the retreat at the jungle lodge. Shanmuganathaswami and I both had one class. The group played a major outdoor treasure hunt type game which was immensely enjoyed.
Shifted to Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel which is directly across from Putrajaya International Convention Centre of which Valluvan is the general manager. A different experience of Malaysia as everything in Putrajaya is brand new!
Evening visited Tirumurugan Alayam in Desa Jaya and gave a talk and darshan with Dr. Maruthu giving the Tamil translation.
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