Last phase our tour day brought a beautiful happy group today discovering the infinite depths and wealth of Kauai Aadheenam!
One of the wonderful opportunities of meeting so many people on the tour group is we get to hear some sweet stories. Elisa told us an inspiring story about her stay in India for one year serving at an orphanage near Bangladesh. One of the many things she did to serve the children was to go around to all the shops in the area until she had purchased sixty two-inch Ganeshas which she gifted to each child personally. They had nothing like that for themselves and it was an enormous delight to each one of them. Elisa was still glowing from her wonderful experience with these beautiful children.
Mr. and Mrs. K Venkateswaran are visiting from San Francisco. Gurudeva met them years ago and sent them a Ganesha Murthi to help start the Livermore temple. They kept the Deity in there home until the Temple was completed.
Sonu and Anmol coming from Chicago are on their honeymoon visiting Kauai. They heard about the temple after they arrived here on the Island and were so happy to have this blessings. Kannan our silpi was asked to join them in the photograph.
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