Our last day at Camp Sloggett in Koke’e began with a spirited yoga class, pranayama and meditation with Sivakatirswami and Kumarswami. It had been a cold night and the morning was still chilly, but after many Surya Namaskarams we were thoroughly warm and ready for another exceptional day.
We headed to an outdoor area for a puja honoring Satguru Yogaswami and all felt the specialness of this small puja and the connection that we have with our lineage. Palaniswami shared the history of two of the few photos that exist of Yogaswami. Both taken by a young boy in Sri Lanka: the first (Yogaswami sitting in meditation) was taken without Yogaswami’s prior knowledge and the second (sitting in a chair on a porch) with his agreement.
Packing for our return journey took only a few moments as we brought only backpacks with us to the camp. We were sad to leave. It had been a wonderful three days of classes, so much good food, opportunities to enjoy this actinic location and extraordinary entertainment. The purity of this place had added to our meditations and inner experiences.
We boarded the bus once more, headed for Kaua’i Beach Resort, with a stop for a delicious lunch at the Hanapepe Bakery Cafe and an hour of retail therapy at the nearby art and gift shops.
Stay tuned for additional diary entries in the days to come!
Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.