Jai Pancha Mukha Ganapati!
Despite the heavy rain that first Sunday of March a large crowd was present at the Spiritual Park to attend the Ganesha Homa ceremony.
Flowers and garlands lovingly offered by devotees adorn the huge granite murthi.
Everyone would squeeze inside the Mandapam, and as usual the ladies are always there early…
The Ganesha Homa has now become a very popular ceremony for the Hindus of the island.
Singing bhajans to Lord Ganapati until the ceremony starts…
Outside, every centimeter of ground space is occupied
This is what you see when you go up the steps of the Mandapam. Lord Ganapati is beautifully garlanded.
The ceremony begins. The sacred fire in the large Homa pit attracts the devas of the inner worlds.
Kulapatis officiating the ceremony.
Kulapati Manon giving a talk on the Dasama Bhaga, an old Hindu tradition stating the need to give one tenth of one's income to support religion.
Kulapati also invited members of the public to be present at the Park on Friday 12th to meet Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and have an opportunity to touch the Guru's Feet.
The small Ganapati Shrine where archanas are conducted
At the Himalayan Academy Booth, our HA staff are enrolling participants who are attending Bodhinatha's Seminar on Saivism on Sunday 14th March at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Center at Pailles.
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.