Kannan and Jan Eluthesen made their first pilgrimage To Kauai Aadheenam. Originally from Malaysia, they both met while studying in Honolulu, live there for a while, then settled in California. They are friends of Deva and Gayatri Rajan and occasionally come to the Golden Gate Mission satsang.
They love the grounds and think many, many people will come when Iraivan Temple is complete.
Kannan has been helping this past week working with Deva and Acharya Kumarswami on a project for the Swayambhu Lingam art display that will be installed on San Marga… watch for news on this in the months ahead. He has many years of experience in IT systems having work for Kaiser Permanente and had a good consultation meeting with Sivakatirswami giving us some guidance on developing a media database on our web server.
Thank you for your help Kannan!
Our pilgrims meet with Paramacharya Palaniswami who gave them an over view of the big picture of how monastery functions and our publications and artwork development.
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