Today was the auspicious day of the annual Ganesha Chathurthi Festival. Without a large Hindu community on our island, it is a small festival by comparison to those in other countries. Nevertheless, it is always a highly auspicious and powerful day. Lord Ganesha always comes in full force and majesty. Here Bodhinatha watches as the puja progresses.
Our members have prepared small Ganesha’s to be blessed and immersed in the Wailua River.
Senthilnathaswami is our pujari today. The puja was powerful. The pictures tell the story….
We have a large group of Tamils here from Edmonton, Canada (see below)
After the puja, standing in front of the shrine an awesome Shakti radiates out. Lord Ganesha’s presence is felt, reminiscent of our beloved Pillaiyarpati temple in India.
The little raft of Ganapati’s is blessed and taken to the river.
Our silpis always have the honor of taking Ganesha to the river, a duty they take great delight in performing.
Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.