The October Ganesha Homa at the Spiritual Park was a special event this month because an elaborate ceremony was performed seeking Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapathi's divine grace to bless students of primary, secondary and university levels taking part in their coming end of year exams.
We are posting a first series of photos today.
Sivachariya Deva Kumar, priest from Tanjavur, South India was there early to set up everything for the ceremony. Bunches of showy jade vine flowers which are of a highly unusual blue-green to adorn the Lord.
Traditional musicians were hired for this occasion… The youth are delighted to see them playing.
The Ganesha Mandapam was full with youth of all ages, sitting so close to the murthi, a really rare opportunity o be inside on normal Sunday Homas.
Youth were beautifully dressed in Hindu clothing and feeling so good being at the Spiritual Park.
No parents or adults inside the Mandapam today! Only our members helping…
A few metres away offerings are made at the small Ganesha Shrine…
Ladies preparing their oil lamps for offerings.
Inside the Ganesha Mandapam everything is ready for the puja. Here are the brass kumbas with cooconuts.
Offerings at the Feet of Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati!
Bajans uplifting devotees….
Piles of exercise books at the Feet of Lord Ganapati. These copybooks will be distributed to all students present.
The Guru Mantra is chanted …
Lord Ganapati beautifully dressed with so many garlands and flowers.
The ceremony starts…..
Outside, close to the Mandapam steps every inch of space is occupied.
The Sivachariya starts the sacred homa.
We are posting the second series of photos of this event at the Spiritual Park in our next TAKA. Stay tuned…. Till then. Aum.
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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.