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.
In our teachings we're both monistic and theistic. In the beliefs of Saivism the idea of the three worlds is the basis and key to understanding temple worship, theism. The inner worlds are there to help you. The essence of the soul is already the same as the essence of God Siva, monism. You just have to find it.