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
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.