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 !
"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."
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