The last Ganesha Homa for year 2009 at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius attracted as usual thousands of dedicated souls from all over the island. Traffic is always held up down the road leading to the Park and one see devotees walking into the property with a loving offering of fruits and flowers in their hands for Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati.
Devotees singing praises to Lord Ganapati inside the mandapam…
Today bajan is led by Adi Shankara accompanied by Sivarathna Manick on the mrdangam.
Huge basket of written prayers to be sent into the sacred Homa fire.
Devotees seated on the steps of the Mandapam.
Worshipping Lord Siva Dakshina…
Collecting water down the water edge for the Sivalingum..
Devout worshippers at the Sivalingum…
The big crowd inside the tarpaulin tent outside.
Our ladies managing the trays of offerings brought by devotees.
The homa ceremony is at its peak, while the whole crowd of devotees chant the Ganesha mantra.
Some of our Kulamatas…
This is what you see when you stand inside the Ganesha mandapam facing east.
At the small pancha Mukha Ganapati Shrine offerings keep flowing every minute…
One devotee giving a testimony about how one her nephew was helped by Lord Ganapati to obtain his Permanent Resident Permit in Australia.
Kulapati Manon's talk today was from rom Living With Siva
Page 162-163 Questions and challenges- Chapter on "Discipline
for Self Transformation".
Kulamata Selvon Mardemootoo talked about Pancha Ganapati celebration in the home.
Pancha Ganapati is a modern Hindu festival of the Five-Faced (pancha means "five") Maha Ganapati — Lord of Categories. This festival falls during the thirty days of the Markali Pillaiyar home festival and lasts for five days — from December 21 through 25.
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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.