It is Tour Day today and Bodhinatha meets guests at our Minimela.
Rogini and Jean-Marie are heading back to Montreal today and they couldn’t resist an opportunity to say aloha to Bodhinatha in the Mini Mela during His book signing session.
As the tour group heads out to Iraivan, Shama freshens the Andara Crystal each morning as one of her many seva duties. This crystal was gifted to Bodhinatha from an elderly Native American Indian lady who brought many such gifts to the monastery over the years.
Among the “show stoppers” on the tour is the Blue Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys). It is a spectacular vine that climbs up over seventy feet into the canopy above. Blue is such a rare color for flowers and they rain down on the path creating a very mystical effect.
Home schooled in Poipu, this is Jader Hamid age 11. He is with his grandmother Diana and his father Haben. He was very attentive with an unusual maturity.
Amanda Bradley, a professional tour guide from the Hearst Castle in San Simeon California, was attending a symposium on ecological advances when a picture of Iraivan Temple came across the screen. Amanda had already traveled to Tibet to gather sacred leaves and She was soon on a airplane to experience Iraivan personally. “What a wonderful Place”! She kept repeating.
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