Yamas Definitions

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The 5 Yamas are essentially restraints upon the Raja Yoga path.

I’ve been defining them here over the past several months, so I thought an overview post would be in order.  I shall also provide a little perspective on how the Yamas interact with our chakras, please note this perspective is generated by my intuition.  I welcome feedback.

Ahimsa- Non-violence.  I believe non violence works to properly balance our third chakra because we do not force power over another by practicing.  It also inhibits the creation of a certain type of karma that is typically viewed as negative karma.
Satya- speaking about what is true. My perspective is that this balances our 5th chakra, or communication center.  For when we speak about what is True, in the True sense of the matter, we are sending forth a powerful positive vibration.
Asteya- non stealing.  I believe this is another means of balancing our power centers.  Here we are only using the resources which are rightfully ours.  I suspect it is when the survival or 1st chakra is out of balance that the urge to steal comes to being.
Bramacharya- moving toward Brahma.  From a conservation of sexual energy perspective, I believe this balances the svadhisthana chakra.  From a moving towards God or Brahma perspective, I would say that the 7th or Divine Chakra is utilized.
Aparigraho- non grasping.  The center this focuses on is not obvious to me, I would say if one truly knows themselves they are centered in themselves, and perhaps this type of centering is the work of the heart chakra and perhaps ones mind stays within and does not attach itself to the external which would seem to be a function of the third eye.
These 5 together make up the Yamas.  The Yamas should be practiced as one of the steps of the 8 limbs of yoga.  We find within them very clean means to balance the chakras.
May the yamas server you well.

Journey to the Kadavul Hindu Temple in Kauai

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As you may be able to tell by my recent wedding reading post and long posting lapse, I’ve recently been married to the love of my life Jamie.

Since we are newlyweds, we went on a honeymoon to the beautiful island of Kauai. Now Kauai, and all the islands of Hawaii, are very strong with mana, also known as prana. This strong presence of divine energy is great for the soul and truly helps to recharge. While on the island we learned of the Kadavul Hindu Temple. We always like to take in some spiritual experience when we travel so we thought this would be an ideal place to visit.
It was our first time to a Hindu temple, so we got to take in some of the customs. Outside the temple there is a pot that is used to burn pieces of paper. On the paper one places their troubles, or concerns. The physical act of writing them down brings energy to the paper. Then one burns the paper as a means of relieving those concerns. It’s a great process and I intend to use it round my fire place into the future.

We then came across a statue of Lord Ganesha. I am a big fan of Ganesha, as He is the remover of obstacles, now he may from time to time place them in the way as well, but one need only get to know him a bit to understand this.
Just outside of the temple we happened across a Banyon Tree grouping, with a statue of a Deity. We decided to take our picture. We asked a nice couple to take a photo with our digital camera. They snapped one and said, there is something wrong with your camera, there is a light around you. We encouraged them to take the photo, then another. Then we looked at the photo and noted a most miraculous aura round us.

You don’t have to be psychic to see these auras.

Auras Hindu Temple Kauai

The rational mind of the gent said, “it’s the angle of the sun…” This is true from some respect, after all what we see is simply reflections of solar light, but this indeed caught our spiritual auras. I believe them to be light blue and white. Inside the temple, we actually received a color chart, and these imply:

Light Blue- high spiritual feelings

White- pure spirit, renders other colors clearer.

Now talk about spiritual magic. I was in awe simply be being present at this location, after noting this pic I was captivated by the power of this location. As I should be for this temple was built on a Vision of God.

(I should probably note here that I am a believer in all faiths. My view is that their are many paths to the one Source and that all the great religions of the world are simply avenues towards the One Truth.)

There are no photos allowed inside the temple, but let me say it is absolutely wonderful to behold. The walls are lined with statues of Lord Siva performing the Universe dance, each one in a different pose. In the center of the room was a Vedic Astrology chart, which mapped the current status of the planetary bodies in the solar system. Astrology is another side hobby of mine, I hope to find time to study more in depth in the future.

In the center of the temple is a huge 700 pound perfectly aligned quartz crystal, Sivalingham. There are a couple of interesting stories that go along with this crystal. Turns out it was located in Arkansas, the soul responsible for the founding of the temple of Kauai, Gurudeva (this could translate as guru of the Gods) had a vision of it’s location in the mind. He spoke with one of his studies who also had been dreaming of the crystal and instructed her to go ask the mine owner for the crystal. The owner denied it, she told this to Gurudeva, Gurudeva informed her to try again, the owner denied it again, she again told this to Gurudeva who insisted he had the crystal. Third time is the charm and soon after the cyrstal was secured. Now this is no ordinary 700 pound crystal, it is perfectly formed with now human alterations. The geological location of the crystal does not make scientific sense either. (While at the temple we picked up a few crystals found in the same mind.) The Sivalingham is placed directly in front of a beautiful statue of Siva.

The temple is also located along a series of 7 sacred spots as noted by the Ancient Hawaiian’s, this spot representing the crown.

While at the temple Jamie and myself took part of a puja, a spiritual ceremony. It was a great experience, and I look forward to participating again someday.

I should note that the Kadavul temple is only temporary until they finish their Iraivan Temple, which means “He who is worshipped” The temple is set to be completed in 2012. While visiting I was told that the Iraivan Temple is one out of 108, a sacred number, temples in India. It was told that this temple has already been completed in Heaven and is in the process of reaching complete physical manifestation. I tried to do some digging on this online and only came across these sites which I am not versed enough to comment on their legitimacy at this time. One thing I did notice is that there are 108 temples for Lord Vishnu, and the Iravian Temple is very much a temple of Siva. Then again, MahaVishnu could very well be a same entity as to the Lord Siva worshiped in the Iraivan Temple.

I strongly encourage all to visit this sacred, magical location!

As revealed by the picture here, the times are shifting, 2012 is just 5 years away. Humanity needs to prepare for the energies of Aquarius. Might I suggest Kundalini Yoga a journeys to sacred places.
Krishan Singh

ps- if anyone has any additional insights into the legend of the 108 temples I would be most interested?? comments welcome

Sahasrara- 7th Chakra (Crown- Thousand Petal Lotus)

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Seventh Chakra- Sahasrara- Crown

The 7th chakra is our connection to the divine. It has been called the thousand petal lotus by many. The seventh center is located at the top of ones head, where the soft spot is located on a baby. It is from this center that we are connected to our souls, and all souls, through the rainbow bridge.

The color of the seventh chakra is light purple, or violet. It is also closely associated with white, or divine, light from above.

Yoga, is a study of Union. It can be said that Kundalini Yoga focuses on the union and balance of the 1st chakra flowing up through the etheric system and merging in the crown chakra.

When the seventh chakra is blocked it impeeds the flow of divine light to flow through our being. It becomes challenging for us to aknowledge the divine within all forms, (Sat Nam, Namaste.) Our relationship with G.O.D is not centered. For those of you who science of prime importance, Generating Energy, Organizing Energy and Destroying/Delivering Energy.

Those with an overactive crown chakra that is not balanced across the heart center may be prone to being not of the world from time to time. Flighty, or aloof come to mind. One that is properly centered is able to operate in the world, but not be of the world.

Benefits of a balanced 7th Chakra

  • Connection with ones soul
  • Ability to realize soul purpose
  • Meditative prowless
  • Aknowledgement of the divine within all form
  • Close relationship with G.O.D.
  • Knowing and walking ones path

The crown chakra represents a location of great spiritual potential. But this is not the only focus of Yoga. All things must come to balance. While participating on the earth school the energies of the 7th center and the connection with the soul must merge with the rest of our being. And from this union peace may be known.

Sat Nam.