After spending time with the Sishya and several events in Singapore, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Paramacharya Palaniswami are on their way home, in a plane some where high in the sky as we write. They will be back on Kauai tomorrow morning.
At home the monks completed another productive phase. The Ganapati Kulam gave their news today. Acharya Kumarswami is working on a huge article on the Hindu view of the environment and climate change for the April 2011 issue of Hinduism Today being done in collaboration with Matthew McDermott who is one of the senior writers for TreeHugger.com. In fact Matthew is here from New York, staying on Kauai for a week or so. Acharya Arumugaswami is preparing to leave for India for a short 5 day trip to handle some projects there that can only be done “hands on.” The rest of the team is working on the digital side of life, getting videos moving forward (see below), preparing for the web deployment of the January 2011 issue which officially launches on the 1st of December.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Ekadasi Tithi, Sun One, Tuesday, November 30th.
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