Reporting on June 16, 2010:
Our last day at Camp Sloggett in Koke’e began with a spirited yoga class, pranayama and meditation with Sivakatirswami and Kumarswami. It had been a cold night and the morning was still chilly, but after many Surya Namaskarams we were thoroughly warm and ready for another exceptional day.
We headed to an outdoor area for a puja honoring Satguru Yogaswami and all felt the specialness of this small puja and the connection that we have with our lineage. Palaniswami shared the history of two of the few photos that exist of Yogaswami. Both taken by a young boy in Sri Lanka: the first (Yogaswami sitting in meditation) was taken without Yogaswami’s prior knowledge and the second (sitting in a chair on a porch) with his agreement.
Packing for our return journey took only a few moments as we brought only backpacks with us to the camp. We were sad to leave. It had been a wonderful three days of classes, so much good food, opportunities to enjoy this actinic location and extraordinary entertainment. The purity of this place had added to our meditations and inner experiences.
We boarded the bus once more, headed for Kaua’i Beach Resort, with a stop for a delicious lunch at the Hanapepe Bakery Cafe and an hour of retail therapy at the nearby art and gift shops.
Stay tuned for additional diary entries in the days to come!
Aum Namah Sivaya.
Friends who are fine, positive and good Hindus will help you most of all. It's important for parents of teenagers to know their teenager's friends. Our strength comes from mixing and interacting with others who are practicing sadhana. "The group helps the individual and the individual helps the group."
Pray to Lord Ganesha before beginning work. Turn everything you do into selfless service, seva, karma yoga. Work becomes worship. Hold the perspective of Sivanadiyar that you are the devoted servant of God Siva. "Do everything you do as Sivathondu. Give up this 'I' and mine."
"As you approach God's home, you can feel the spiritual energy, and as you go inside you are engulfed in peace." Trust in and open up to the deity. God is a very subtle presence. The temple and the murti within it are set up so that anyone can feel God's presence once they have enough devotion. Go to the temple and through the sanctified murti see God. Kumbabishekam purifies the temple, infuses divine energy into the murti. The deity, during puja, resides in the murti. Continuous daily worship perpetuates and over the years strengthens the power of the temple.
Be close to God by going to the temple. By shifting our minds to our religion the flow of positive karma is intensified. Being open and receptive receive the blessings of the deity. Bask in the divine energy radiating out from the murti. Creating a strong tie to the temple, perform a sacred act when you return home. Light a lamp in your home shrine; bring the vibration and summon the devas from the temple.