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's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.