Bodhinatha gives gifts to the silpis after the Thai Pongal puja at Iraivan this morning.
We all enjoy gathering around in the morning as the sun rises behind us. It is a pleasant, peaceful time. This festival is in thanks to nature for bountiful harvests and we feel a sense of harmony as we go through the simple ancient rites of boiling a pot of rice, then arati and worship of the sun.
The rice pot boils over! Enjoy the slideshow below of our festivities.
The soul body plus the essence of the soul, Parashakti and Parasiva, together equals the totality of the soul. The essence of the soul is being Siva and the soul body is becoming Siva. The soul body is maturing, growing. We suffer until we learn to control our body, mind and emotions achieving imperturbability even if we find out the world is going to end tomorrow. Calmness is a platform for meditation.