Deva Seyon and his grand-daughter Basanti hosted a special group today. They are the Board of Directors of the Garden Island Arts Council (all volunteers who guide the introduction of art to our island, including such things as having handicapped children paint their crutches artfully).
Their president, Carol Yotsuda, is probably the most well known artist on the island of Kaua’i and one of the most respected in the state of Hawai’i and elsewhere; Carole is officially designated as a Living Treasure for Kaua’i and for the state of Hawai’i. Anne O’Malley was there as a journalist from the Garden Island newspaper.
They were especially eager to see the extraordinary spiritual artwork that the monastery has commissioned, and Palaniswami took some time to share S. Rajam’s amazing work and stories with them.
"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.