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.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta