A devotee sends thoughts on the Mahasamadhi Observances for our Gurudeva, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, October 20-24, 2011, Kauai.
I am sitting quietly the day after the last day of our observance of our dear Gurudeva's transition ten years ago, Am feeling so full that often words are hard to come by. So many loving souls reunited after short and long periods of time, as if the continuum of our common bond was never ended, just put on hold by time and space. I see faces, shining in radiance, beaming with joy, voices expressing gratitude which brings lumps to the throat and bursting of the heart. It must be a beautiful show for those endowed with the vision to see!
There were devotees from Malaysia, from Singapore, from Mauritius, our northern neighbor Canada, as well as from many parts of the United States.
We received such abundant and loving hosting (and feeding!) from our Kauai families who provided transportation, prepared delicious repasts and shared the fragrant and luminous flowers of the islands. And there was our beloved Bodhinatha, quietly and self-effacingly inwardly drawing our awarenesses to our souls, gently, gently, invisibly. Our mathavasis with lessons and stories, working in the background, and perhaps communicating silently while commingling with us as we shared bits of our everyday lives.
The mantle had been passed, and now worn with a transparent authority and continuity--our sampradaya as is our Iraivan, built to last a thousand years and beyond.
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