Amey Deosthali family is visiting from Dallas. They follow the Sri Vidya tradition and were planning to bring their guru, Shrigurudev Shriniwas Siddhacharya, to meet Bodhinatha also, however he couldn’t make it at the last minute.
The Sri Vidya tradition shares many similarities with Saiva Siddhanta and Dakshinamurti figures prominently, so tomorrow the family will enjoy visiting our big Dakshinamurti when they see Iraivan Temple tomorrow.
Today is the last day of Sadhu Paksha and energy is high at the Aadheenam as we look forward to starting a new season and the annual Maha Ardra Abhishekam for Lord Nataraja on Tiruvembavai day, the 21st which is also the first day of Pancha Ganapati.
This is also the last phase of the Dakshinayane period of the year and the winter solstice will see the sun moving North and days getting longer again.
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