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.
The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness