Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami visited with Mr. K. Suriyakumar at his home in Diablo, California, last Thursday. Enjoying the great weather outdoors, we sat and showed The Guru Chronicles, which we just had converted to the ePub format for the iPad.
Suriyakumar and his wife, Rushika, are both from Sri Lanka. After discussing a number of projects they are helping the monastery with, they enjoyed having a peek at an unbound copy of The Guru Chronicles as well. Paramacharya enjoyed showing them the Yogaswami chapters.
On Friday, we met our Bay Area members and students at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. The Dahlia Garden just outside was in glorious full bloom, so we couldn't help but spend some time there (nearly an hour!) enjoying all of the beautiful inner-plane beings' creations.
Dr. Tom Yarema, our monastery physician when he lived on Kauai (he now lives in Santa Cruz), and his daughter Jasmine joined us as well.
On Friday evening it was our pleasure to enjoy an informal satsang with devotees at the home of Chandran and Sahanadevi Param in Concord.
Everyone was held in rapt attention while Sadasivanathaswami described what it was like creating The Guru Chronicles.
A few minutes later, we passed out the unsewn, unbound signatures from the copy we were carrying with us. The group fell completely silent. We could hardly get it out of their hands!
As always, it was as distinct pleasure to spend time with Saiva Siddhanta Church members and Himalayan Academy students. It was a real highlight of our nine-day journey.
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