Here is Gajanan Nataraj, our dynamic and cheerful taskforcer from Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. He’s been serving in the Pillaiyar Kulam of late--the team that manages our monastery’s Minimela Gift Shop. The Minimela enterprise was initiated by Gurudeva himself in 1983 in San Franscisco. His goal was to make sure that the precious items and supplies that devotees needed in their homes for religious life would always be available.
A huge order of devotional artifacts recently arrived from India and Gajanan spent several days pricing thousands of the new items that then immediately find their way to the store’s shelves. You can check out the beautiful offerings at minimela.com. Note the little Nataraj in the background, Gajanan’s namesake. He says that Nataraj statues have a way of appearing spontaneously in the background of photos of himself.
2 Responses to “Gajanan Serving in the Pillaiyar Kulam”
Jai Ganesa!! What a bright and happy smiling face Gajanan. How wonderful to be a part of the world of our Dear Monks and Satguru. Please keep up the good work and never stop giving your best in all that you do. May you continue to be close to..dance with.. and develop a strong bond to Lord Nataraja.May He bless you always and keep you strong and focused. Aum
Amazing! Har Har! I just read about Shri Gajanan Nataraj article on Hindu roots of people of St. Lucia. Two years back for the first time I had come to know about the Shakts/Shaivyas of Kauai. I am humbled and at the time amazed and joyous to know how the ancient Sri Lankan Shaviyism is thriving in far off Haiwian islands carrying on great ancient knowledge and quest. LIkewise indeed about Shri Gajananji’s quest and recognition of one’s own roots. You guys are just splendid and laudable and indeed you all are great and true followers of great Mahadev! Har Har Mahadev! Om Namah Shivay!
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.
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Patanjali's Yoga Sutras