The Ganapati Kulam has nearly completed their re-flooring renovations and this lovely image of Nataraja was dusted off and moved back into place, greeting visitors on arrival at the publications offices.
And, speaking of Lord Nataraja. We have posted two sound files from the Tiruvembavai Festival held here at the Aadheenam. If you would like to listen to the monks chanting in the chamber of the Dancing Lord, download these two MP3 files… The first one is 39 MB… If you want to save them to your computer first, right click on these links:
"Adjust yourself to the realization that you are a divine being, a self-effulgent, radiant being of light."
Jyoti is the Sanskrit word for inner light. To bestow on devotees terms that were more specific, Gurudeva developed the Shum Language of Meditation. In Shum the word for the light that lights up the mind is balikana. During Shum meditation there is an indrawing of forces to realize balikana, a moon-like glow, leading to iftye a deeper kind of inner light which, in turn, leads to milinaka, a sustained iftye which doesn't go away and can be sustained after we've finished our meditation.