Rajen Manick sends photos and a report from our Spiritual park in Mauritius, a few hundred miles off the coast of South Africa.
Pancha Mukha Ganapati decked with garlands and hundreds of flowers for the August Homa. Thousands of devotees attended the ceremony with love and devotion in their hearts.
Each month there are numerous newcomers discovering the spiritual atmosphere of the Park for the first time. Word is out that this is a special and mystical place where serious sadhana is possible.
The bhajans are led by sishyas Nanda and Sarada who sing with such loving devotion in their hearts.
Devotees coming down from the Ganesha Bridge. which is the entrance to the main mandapam where pujas are held.
Others going down the river to fill their brass pots with water. That's the Indian Ocean on the horizon.
Each pours the river water on the Sivalingum.
Many offer flowers and fruits.
A little crowd gathers at the small Pancha Ganapati shrine.
Offerings to Lord Ganapati…
How beautifully the devotees have dressed Him today!
The tents provide shelter from the summer heat and the winter rains.
As usual, thousands of written prayers are brought by devotees to be burned in the holy flames.
Everything is conducted under the guidance of the Guru…
This lady gave a testimony about how Lord Ganesha helped her son out of a very difficult situation with his plans to study in Australia.
Kulapati Mardemootoo read one of Bodhinatha's talk on Temple worship.
A happy mother from abroad inside the Ganesha Mandapam with her two sons.
"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