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.
Unless kundalini is active, the deepest meditative states are not available to us. But to activate kundalini, Gurudeva tells us we must invoke the grace of Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. "Yoga is internalized worship which leads to union with God." Experience the inside of you in a profound way. This requires dispassion. The popular term "kriya yoga" usual refers to a form of pranayama, but the original kriya yoga is defined by Sage Patanajli as the practice of three of the niyamas: tapas, svadhyaya and Isvarapranidhana. To achieve samadhi we practice yoga, steady restraint of mental activities, austerity, meditation, detachment, self study and worship of God. Communion with the Ishta Devata, the chosen God is a key and also Gurudeva tells us: the Deity chooses you.
Master Course, Dancing with Siva, Lesson 39
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 5
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras