Toshadevi Nataraj pilgrimaged for mahasamadhi observances with her children Vanore (right) and Lily. They live on St. Lucia island in the Caribbean (our prayers go out to the island’s residents, who suffered a devastating hurricane just a few days ago). The rest of her family has already visited here in the last few years. The family formally studies the Master Course trilogy and Toshadevi is now an Arulsishya of Saiva Siddhanta Church.
Toshadevi Nataraj family and new Himalayan Academy student Eleni Cannon visit our cows
Priest Kumar Kurukkal, who performed the Sivaya Subramuniyaswami mahasamadhi puja for us, is very adept with decorating Deities. He was eager to share these photos of how he decorated Goddess Lakshmi during Navaratri at the Hindu Temple of Greater Tulsa, Oklahoma where he is currently employed.
In Patanjali's comments on the niyamas he speaks on religious action, kriya, bringing about samadhi and attenuating the kleshas. We think we have to be detached from that which we are attracted to but we also need to overcome aversion. It's easier to be finite, to have a past and a future than to be infinite, without past and future, so, we're clinging to life. The kleshas are the root source of karma. Quiet mental activity produced by the kleshas through meditation and achieve santosha, peace of mind. "Men of discrimination see sorrow in all experience."