Sashi Subramanian, wife Gayathri Narayanan and their children are on pilgrimage for a few days from California. They were last here in 2006 and attended our donor receptions in the San Francisco area. They are strong supports of Iraivan temple. Their little baby girl is Meru and their 9-year-old daughter, Maitreyi.
They had darshan with Bodhinatha this morning.
They came to visit the Media Lab this afternoon and visited with Paramacharya Palaniswami. “Nice to see a bit behind the scenes,” Gayathri noted.
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.