December 6, Yoginathaswami and Arumugaswami were at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation in Bangalore to visit their priest training school, or padasala. Every Monday morning they perform Rudra Abhishekam to a crystal Siva Lingam with all the padasala boys chanting. As Sri Sri was himself in residence, he personally performed the puja before some 800 ashram residents and guests.
From the top of the lotus-shaped meditation hall. We noted the natural amphitheater, a design which could be used on San Marga for the rainbow amphitheater.
A view toward the residence halls, and at left the free feeding all with a roof full of solar water heaters used for the cooking. At right is a long line off to the horizon where they are installed a 12-foot diameter pipe to bring water from the Cauvery River 80 miles into Bangalore City. The pipeline passes right through the ashram grounds.
The ashram’s elephants move by. We have some movie footage of them we’ll post later.
Sundaramurthy Sivam introduces our monks, telling about his visit to Kauai Aadheenam.
We explained to the boys our program for preserving and translating the Saiva Agamas. The padasala may work with the project.
Posing for group photo.
The swamis meet with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. He joked while the photo was being taken than he should be standing on a stool next to Yoginathaswami, who’s head barely cleared the ceiling.
Sundaramurthy Sivam and the padasala boys who hosted us during our brief stay.
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