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.
The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness