His Holiness Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami continues His visit in Mauritius. This morning Bodhinatha visited the Goodlands Siva Soopramaniar Temple on his way to the Spiritual Park. It was a very short courtesy visit.
The Goodlands Siva Soopramaniar Temple is a saivite temple newly reconstructed according to saiva agamic traditions.
The sivachariyar of the temple welcoming Bodhinatha with a traditional kumbam after a pada puja.
Then Bodhinatha proceeded inside the temple where the priest conducted an arati to Lord Ganesha, Lord Muruga and Lord Siva.
Here is Bodhinatha in front of the Muruga Shrine.
The president of the Temple, Mr. K. Cunioosamy welcomed Bodhinatha and asked His Holiness to say a few words to the devotees present. Bodhinatha reminded them having once come to their old temple a few years ago to give samaya diksha a few sishyas of Mauritius.
A traditional shawl is then offered to Bodhinatha by the temple management.
Bodhinatha for a souvenir photo with the sivachariya…
Before leaving the temple another souvenir photo with the temple president…
From Goodlands, Bodhinatha drove to the Spiritual Park of Mauritius. A large crowd was already waiting there to welcome the Guru at the main entrance.
Soon after arriving at the Park, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami met the Kulapatis, the elders responsible for the management and good maintenance of the Park. They had a meeting regarding the affairs of the park
Meanwhile Acharya Arumugaswami and Sadhaka Nandinatha, went around for a visit of the premises.
After the meeting with the kulapatis, Bodhinatha came down the gravel path towards the Ganesha Mandapam.
Coming down the Ganesha Bridge.
Kulapati Valaytan performs the pada puja at the steps of the Ganesha Mandapam.
The tent outside was filled up with an attentive group. Bodhinatha's talk on that day was on Happiness.
Devotees listened carefully to what Bodhinatha was saying about how the individual can be really happy in his life.
Hearing the teachings of the Guru from the Guru Himself is powerfully mystical to the ears of the devotee.
The last part of the event was the signing of books. Hundreds queued up to have their newly purchased Himalayan Academy publication signed by Bodhinatha, while bhajans were aired live.
A view of the line of devotees that went almost round the Ganesha Mandapam.
Everyone waited patiently to come close to the Guru. After this event Bodhinatha drove to Flacq for a satsanga with the members.
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What a grand celebration of that rare Being, the Gurudeva, who has not only realized Parasivam Himself, but is willing to undertake the arduous and patient task of helping other souls toward that same realization. Jai Kailasa Nandinatha Paramparai !
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.