Brandon Carter Meixel from Rocket Science Consulting has flown in from San Franscisco to install our new RAID storage system on “Varuna,” the Aadheenam’s main onsite server for file sharing and many other IT operations within the monastery. The upgrade brings eight terabytes of online storage space plus eighteen terabytes of space for our backup system. He’s having lunch with Senthilnathaswami, who is overseeing his work. Initial installation was successful and data migration from our old RAID storage to the new is in progress, to continue through the night.
After lunch, Senthilnathaswami took our intrepid engineer for a tour of the property. Brandon assembled this photo on his iPhone using an app called Diptic, and tweeted: “Today a monk took a picture of me hanging out in nature wearing city garb. I took a picture of him in monk garb in front of a solar panel.”
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