Aum Shri Gam Ganapataye Namah! Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati majestically decked with home made garlands and flowers at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius. The ceremony was attended by some three thousand devotees on that Sunday rainy morning.
The ceremony usually starts with an arati to Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati and our Parampara Gurus.
The huge flames of the homa consuming hundreds of prayers, mainly prayers from devotees which will eventually reappear in the inner worlds for the inner beings to handle.
Kulapati Siven Koothan giving a talk from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's teachings. One of the quotes concluding the talk was: "Do not live in the darkness of the past but live in the light of the present.".
Worship at the Pancha Mukha Ganapati shrine.
The rain stopped, just at the time when the ceremony was at its peak. Here we see devotees standing meters away from the Mandapam where the homa is being conducted.
Devotees do not miss to go down the river to collect water that they would ceremoniously pour on the Sivalingam.
The final arati is now being conducted. Everyone mind is focussed on the deity. It was another wonderful religious event inspiring everyone who attended. Aum.
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.