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:
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.