Sadhakas and Yogis are officially known as “Postulants” in our monastic order. Their vows are taken for two years at a time and renewed in July or January each year.
Today eight of our monastics renewed their vows for another two years.
They all read together their sacred pledges of Purity, Obedience, Humility and Confidentiality, known in Tamil as: Tirikarannasutti, Taalvu Enum Tanmai, Pannivu, Rahasiyam.
Sadhaka Haranandinatha, Sadhaka Adinatha, Sadhaka Nilakantha, Sadhaka Tejadevanatha, Sadhaka Satyanatha, Sadhaka Nandinatha, Sadhaka Rajanatha and Yogi Jothinatha have all vowed to continue their life of service and dedication in Lord Muruga’s Army of the Within, as Gurudeva used to call his monks.
Jai to the brave souls who lay down the personal lives to serve and realize God Siva! And thanks to Gurudeva and Bodhinatha for being there for all of us!
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