The highlight of the eighth day of innersearch was the havana at Iraivan held in the afternoon.
After Bodhinatha’s afternoon class, everyone paraded out to Iraivan.
Seated on the new floor with roof complete overhead, it was a very special moment to have this ceremony after the basic temple structure had been completed and standing free. All the devotees came forward in pairs to make offerings while the monks and some innersearchers chanted Sri Rudram.
Prior to the Havana, Bodhinatha gave a class on “Tools for Success”
Stepping back to the morning of day eight, innersearchers walked in silence down San Marga after hearing the story of Gurudeva’s vision. At the Swayambhu Lingam Sadhaka Haranandinatha performed puja and everyone sat for meditation.
Later that morning, Palaniswami gave a class under the gaze of Dakshinmurthi.
It was a classic outdoor setting for spiritual discussion.
Then we all trekked back to board the bus for lunch and fun at Gaylords
Mrunal and his daughter Pooja, hugging a rudraksha tree. Wow! They are getting really big!
After lunch at Gaylords we boarded their little train for a true “tourist” experience…riding a train around a few acre estate being regaled with stories about the history of the area and the agricultural endeavors outside the windows.
One unusual stop was to visit the wild boar sanctuary.
We were given food to feed our porcine brothers and sisters. Being all vegetarians, the reaction of our group to this site was probably not what the tour guide expected.
Of course there are 1000’s of these wild boar running free all over Kauai.
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