What Happened Today at the Monastery?
Some pictures from yesterday’s homa and Bodhinatha’s Sun One upadesha.
Sadhaka Tejadevanatha Goes for Sojourn In the World
Part of the monastic training program is that during the first twelve years of monastic life, every 4th year, the sadhaka departs the monastery for an extended period. After three of these “Sojourn’s in the World” he returns to the monastery never to leave again.
In recent times Bodhinatha has been putting this time to good use by having the monks go for some training. Sadhaka Tejadevanatha will be enrolling in a school in Utah to take 8 month course on Air-conditioning and Refrigeration and related electrical. This will be a big boon for his Kulam upon his return as the cost of maintenance and repair of these systems by local companies is very high.
Sadhaka is busy gather up all kinds of chants and recordings. While in the world the Sadhaka lives like a monk at home and pursues his personal spiritual practice in solitude.
Today’s Pilgrims and Visitors
A bright tour day today brought many visitors.
Yogi Jivanandanatha hosts a group of investment experts from the Bank of Hawaii.
Sanjay and Sheela Voleti are here with their 4-month old son, Kailash and Sanjay’s parents.
Here they are hugging a rudraksha tree.
They visited last year and after returning home learned that they were soon to have a new member of their family. They loved being at the aadheenam and have decided to make Kauai their yearly pilgrimage location.
Iraivan Temple Construction Progress
Our Spiritual Park and Monastery on the Island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean
The May 2008 Ganesha Homa marked the winter season shyly coming into the island of Mauritius. A splendid weather on that day and the Spiritual Park was filled up with a large crowd of devotees. Lord Ganesha is covered all over with beautiful flowers.
The main entrance of the Spiritual Park, where is a small Ganesha Shrine…However big is the incoming flow, devotees never miss to pay their humble obeisance to Lord Ganesha at this gate shrine…
Inside the Mandapam…
Just outside the front steps….
Lady helpers taking care of the offerings far off the steps…
Meanwhile devotees are worshiping at the newly installed Sivalingam with water and flowers.
The ceremony is about to start… all possible sitting spaces inside and around the Mandapam has been filled up….
Homa starts ….. four kulapatis officiate the ceremony.
Kulapati SK Moorghen taking care of written prayers being brought in by devotees…while sishya Moorooven is adjusting the PA system.
Sishyas Ramsamy and Nanda leading the bhajan….
Kulamata Koothan (left) and sishya Peruman.
The whole place is covered with devotees, some seated and others standing. It’s time for the Talk…
Kulapati Manon reading from “Dancing With Siva”…….
Master Course student Saminaden Veerapen and his son.
A view of the path leading to the small Ganesha shrine …
Personal offerings are made there. A dedicated group of helpers consisting mainly of members ad MC students are there to help…
The ceremony is about to end….
Himalayan Academy publications on sale outside. Many devotees are coming up to have their copy of “What is Hinduism?”