Hitesvara Saravan gets up early every morning and transcribes Bodhinatha’s and Gurudeva talks. Thanks to him we are able to bring you Bodhinatha’s talks and transcripts together. He lives on the Big Island and on the lava flow gravel land of his small estate he does magical things with plants. Here a photo of a lotus from his garden.
Dear Hitesvara Saravan,
Thank you so, so, much for taking the time, and energy, to do what you do, early each morning, in terms of transcribing the Masters Talks! I personally am very, very, grateful for this! All my love and appreciation! David
Transcribing Bodhinatha’s and Gurudeva’s lotus words is a seva of love and is a great blessing. It is 13 years ago this month that I came to Gurudeva’s Lotus Feet and not one moment has passed that I am not grateful. Jai Ganesha.
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.