What Happened Today at the Monastery?
All is quiet at the Aadheenam. Bodhinatha and the innersearchers are in Rameshwaran. There is no internet service there. Today they had the 27 baths at the temple.
Gunalan sends us these photos of Bodhinatha at the temple in Thiruvannamalai.
We continue with slideshows from earlier days below.
Innersearch Slides from Langkawi
Innersearch Slide Show Links
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Today’s Pilgrims and Visitors
Soham Thaven and Bindi Gandhi arrived from California today with their little nine month old baby daughter, “Meera” (who is asleep in her carrier on her father’s back). After receiving Arati in the Kadavul Siva Temple, they toured the Iraivan Temple and grounds.
Meera is blessed with parents who care about her future spiritual life. Soham and Bindi purchased the set of children’s books One through Four on the Saivite Hindu Religion by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami and Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. These books are simple to understand and comprehensive in their totality covering all aspects of the Saivite Hindu Religion and way of life. The “why” of each belief and practice is explained, giving children a unique insight into their religion.
News from Sri Lanka
Sri Subramuniya Kottam Children’s School receives 300 notebooks from the Siva Poomi Trust.
For the past twenty-eight years, the Sri Subramuniya Kottam of Sri Lanka has provided religious and cultural classes, including Thevaram, as well as tuition-free tutoring and occasionally scholarships for local school-children.
Recently, the Kottam received a generous donation from the Siva Poomi Trust of Jaffna — three hundred notebooks for the community’s children.
This gift was greatly appreciated by the children and their families. Because of the raging civil war in Sri Lanka, Jaffna has been essentially cut off from the rest of the country; the disruption of travel by road and railway has resulted in a shortage of supplies that has affected all residents of Jaffna.
Our Spiritual Park and Monastery on the Island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean
On Sunday 6th, 2008 the first Ganesha Homa for 2008 was attended by thousands of devotees at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius. Everyone wanted to start the New Year with the Blessings of Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati!
Ladies seated in the Ganesha Mandapam.
The crowd outside …..
Meanwhile the four kulapaties seated around the Homa pit are conducting the ceremony.
In the tent….
Devotees keep coming over the Ganesha Bridge…
Devotees making offerings of fruits and flowers at the small Ganapati Shrine.
This area is always busy and crowded.
Lord Pancha Ganapati lovingly decked wit flowers and garlands.
Written prayers being sent into the sacred fire.
Sishyas Parameswaran and Nanda leading the bhajans…
One sishya giving a testimony.
Kulapati Koothan giving a talk from Satguru Bodhinatha.
The Himalayan Academy Booth outside…
The end of the day has been fruitful with a wonderful turnover. MC students Kevina and Anandi counting the the donations and sales receipts.