On Thursday, March 31, we drove east from Fort Worth, Texas, to Shreveport, Louisiana, for a visit at the request of Manohar and Barathy Manchandia. The drive was beautiful, for Louisiana is a marvelously forested state. The Manchandia home is perched right on Cross Lake. They have their own dock! We arrived just before lunch, so there was much conversation in a room overlooking the lake before we ate.
The same evening, Bodhinatha was the honored guest at the Sadhu Vaswani Hindu Temple and Cultural Center, with an attendance of about 60-70. He gave a presentation on Yoga, Meditation and Enlightenment that was quite well received.
This is a brand new facility, quite well outfitted.
Bodhinatha answered lots of questions from the audience at the end of the talk and afterward during dinner.
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