Brahmachari Mayuran is serving in the Ganapati Kulam for six weeks. He has been helping Arumugaswami with the work of making digital copies of the Agama books we have.
First he cuts off the spine of these books.
Then he runs the pages through our Xerox Photo copy machine which has the facility to turn these scans into PDF. Then you can put the books read the books easily on an iPad or eBook reader, if you know Devanagari and French of course. These are critical editions in our library produced by the French Institute of Indology in Pondicherry.
I remember when if we wanted the text of a book or document digitized we had to transcribe it to computer by keyboard. What a blessing to have the current imaging technology to preserve these important scriptures and teachings. Thank you.
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.