Devotees happily greet Bodhinatha at the airport in Edmonton.
Darshan meeting with the growing Veylan Family. The newest member of the family is Shyla.
Mayooran Selvarajah and Shankeetha Anantha. They recently visited the monastery and are looking forward to their next visit. Shankeetha will give birth to her first child in 5 weeks! Bodhinatha blesses you both as you embark on parenthood.
The Maha Ganapati Temple of Edmonton greets Bodhinatha with garlands and rose petals placed at his feet.
Devotees are over joyed to have a Satguru in their presence.
Traditional Nadaswaram and Tavil players are present for the grand event.
Arati is waved before Bodhinatha as he enters the temple.
Bodhinatha sits before the homa pit and enjoys lively music from our Nadaswaram and Tavil players.
Part of the yearly festival is the milk kavadi . Devotees carry a kumbha of milk around the temple and the milk is then use to bathe Lord Ganesha.
You can feel the energy in the air as the Homa commences. All three worlds are connected and the darshan is felt by all.
Bodhinatha leads the procession.
The milk kumbhas are brought back into the temple to bathe Ganesha, Jai!
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta