The presiding Deity in the Spiritual Park is the eight-foot-tall granite Panchamukha Ganapati. This majestic five-faced, ten-armed Ganapati looks over azure blue seas facing India--a towering reminder of the original home of the nation's Hindus and of the importance of harmony in life.
The September Ganesha Homa is as usual a great encounter for thousands, with Lord Ganesha at the Park.
Singing devotional songs to build up the spiritual vibration.
At 9.00 AM a large crowd is already at the Park.
The ceremony starts with a an arati to Lord Ganapati.
Our ladies handling flowers brought by devotees.
Whether seated or standing devotion is high everywhere.
The monthly public talk from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's teachings.
The teachings are spiritual food for the devotees who listen attentively.
It is tradition for many devotees to bring a lighted clay lamp with their offerings. Hundreds of these small lamps are placed near the Pancha Mukha Ganapati shrine.
Inside the shrine….
This what you see when standing at the Ganapati shrine and looking at the Mandapam.
Himalayan Academy sales booth is another busy spot.
Devotees seated in the shade along the gravel path leading to the Mandapam…
Sanjeeva (left) was one of those first young men to be on Task Force for several months at the Spiritual Park when it was created in 1986. Now Sanjeeva is settled in California, USA. He and his family are very impressed by the recent infra-structural developments at the Park.
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I’ve once visited this place, its really awesome. There’s always a peaceful& serene atmosphere prevailing. Its a place where one can meditates without any disturbance and if you have not been there, there’s still time to go 🙂
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.