Today is the Skanda Shashti and this evening we have our annual Muruga homa and abhishekam.
Meanwhile the Ganapati Kulam report on their activities today. Palaniswami has been busy getting ready for his trip with Bodhinatha to India. Kumarswami has been working on our monthly monastery newsletter and other publishing projects for Hinduism Today future issues. Arumugaswami has been working across the river on the Kalepa land (see below) with Sadhaka Satyanatha. Sivakatirswami has been working on the production end of the January issue of the next issue of Hinduism Today, getting it off to the printer and doing daily TAKA. Senthilnathaswami has been working on various video’s, shooting Bodhinatha’s Publisher’s desk for YouTube, porting some of Bodhinatha presentations from Keynote to a movie format by syncing audio tracks.
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