Some belated submissions after our three-day retreat. Before going off to
trinidad, Bodhinatha stopped over in Maryland.
Nigel Siva and his wife met them on the way through. Nigel writes:
It is really wonderful to have our Satguru with us here in Maryland. Here, He and Shanmuganathaswami are relaxing in Their hotel suite after a very long trip from Trinidad.
Satguru with the Siva family—Nigel (left), Inpah (right) and their son Ragavan (middle).
Satguru and Shanmuganathaswami. They are going to attend the Annual Nallur Festival at the Murugan Temple of North America (6300 Princess Garden Parkway, Lanham, Maryland) tomorrow (Saturday 13 August 2011). Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami presides over this Annual Nallur Festival, which has become an established tradition now. Satguru is going to give a talk to the devotees on “The Sacred Temple.” The main event in this Festival is Murugan going around the Temple in a Ratham (chariot). This Ratham is over 21 feet high and is made as a replica of the Ratham in the Nallur Temple in Sri Lanka.
(A slide show of this event appears later on TAKA)
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