Greg Rogers (Nandikesh Chandrashekaran) is a formal Himalayan Academy Master Course student from Los Angeles who just finished Level One study. He had his first darshan meeting with Bodhinatha today.
~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Wednesday, December 29th.
Venkat and Hema Devraj are on their first visit to Kauai from Colorado, USA. They enjoyed asking Bodhinatha metaphysical questions about Advaita. They study Ramana Maharishi’s teachings and also obtained our Master Course trilogy the other day.
Venkat and Hema visit the Svayambhu Sivalingam at the end of San Marga path. It is the site of Gurudeva’s Siva vision which started the Iraivan Temple process.
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