Some 5000 people attended the April Ganesha Homa at the Spiritual Park. Many devotees are now coming early morning with their offerings of fruits and flowers and written prayers, to worship Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati and leave early to avoid traffic congestion and parking hassle during the day. However, many prefer to stay at the Park to attend the sacred fire ceremony being held in the Ganesha Mandapam.
Four kulapaties, here Kulapati Manon, Koothan, Valaytan and Kulagan seated on the four sides of the homa pit and conducting the ceremony while the all those present, even the far away devotee in the crowd outside would be lovingly chanting the 108 mantra invoking Lord Ganapati.
This is the busiest shrine of the Park on Homa days, where all devotees bring their personal offerings. A dynamic team comprising of members, Master Course students and a few volunteers are there to coordinate everything: breaking hundreds of coconuts, placing offerings at the Lord's feet, conducting arati etc…. We appreciate their their tireless sivathondu on such days and devotees leave this shrine always feeling spiritually uplifted.
To reach this small Pancha Ganapati shrine one has to wait long in the line that goes for several metres on the southern side of the Park.
After worshipping at the Ganesha shrine devotees move to Lord Siva Dakshina amidst the Konrai trees.
Then a walk down the property enjoying the cool sea breeze before reaching the Lord Muruga Shrine overlooking the ocean.
Aum Saravanabavaya Namah! Lord Muruga Blessing the devotees ….The next coming May Homa will be another great spiritual day at the Park. Till then..Aum.
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Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.