Valluvan, Thilagarani and daughter Kayshana are here on pilgrimage from Malaysia. They are enrolled Master Course students, looking forward to become formal sishyas of Bodhinatha and Kailasa Parampara.
We come to the end of a long, productive six-day phase. Here Kulapati Deva and Kulamata Gayatri Rajan have darshan with Bodhinatha. Deva has been working on the roof structures for the new art display to be installed on San Marga. Gayatri has been coming and helping out at the temple. They return home tomorrow and Deva will return again in a week to continue his seva.
We are heading into a very powerful three-day full moon retreat with the Maha Ardra Abhishekam for Lord Nataraj on Tuesday, winter solstice, the first day of Pancha Ganapati all converging.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day retreat,
until Chaturthi Tithi, Sun One, Friday, December 23th.
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