Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathswami left today for a six city trip across the US.
This month’s Chitra puja was held at noon today.
We were all blessed with an extra strong boost of Gurudeva’s presence and shakti. One has to be here to know the sweet inner fragrance of love that flows from him from the inner worlds to all of us when this puja is performed.
Video Team on the Job
Yesterday, Senthilnathaswami and Sadhaka Satyanatha shot Bodhinatha’s scenes for the July edition of the monastery monthly video.
Bodhinatha also read his Publisher’s Desk from the Hinduism Today October/November/December 2008 issue on camera, and gave an introduction for a new quarterly HHE video.
Shanmuganathaswami spoke on camera for the HHE video. Arumugaswami also spoke on camera briefly for a video presentation on the second Hindu history lesson the monastery is producing, covering Hindu India from 300 to 1100 ce. It was our biggest video shoot yet!
New Sculpture Project Initiated Today
One of Gurudeva’s dreams was to have a full life-sized sculpture of the creators of the Iraivan temple. This was going be of Himself, Ganapati Stapathi with silpis. Today Palaniswami introduced the idea to a bronze artist whose work we have seen recently on Kauai. This is something that will take time to unfold in the months and years ahead.
What is Sivatri and the Nature of Nirvikalpa Samadhi
Mahasivaratri: A time of striving to realize Parasiva. In our teachings yoga is the restraint of mental activity (chitta vritti). Nivritti marga-the path of renunciation. Pravritti marga-the path of action or life in worldly society. Ashrama dharma, a mental resting place within the 4 ashramas in life. The day before the new moon, as in monthly Sivaratri, nivritti energy is strong, an excellent time for austerity and meditation. Six Shum words defined related to meditation-withdrawal: kashum, nikashum, shumnikashum, bishumnikashum, abibishumnikashum, haiiaiibishumnikashum. Drawing energy up in to the transcendental Source of energy. Imkaif: Absence of awareness aware of itself. Nonexperience.
Master Course Trilogy, Dancing with Siva, Sloka 97.
Twelve Shum Meditations-Gurudeva's Introduction to the Advaitin.