It is the last day of our phase. The Ganapati Kulam recounted their work which has been nearly 100% focused on wrapped up the July-August-September issue of Hinduism Today. This issue includes a special feature on the Iraivan temple, which is on the cover. It is the first time in many years that the magazine has actually focused on some aspect of the organization that produces it!
A new herb garden is being created today at the monastery (photos next phase), Rishi Valley landscaping is continuing, visitors are a constant stream of Sivaness in His many forms, and the perfection that is, is so apparent. All around us, only to be perceived by the open mind. Jai Gurudeva!
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Sunday, May 3rd.
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.