On the right is Sathish Balasubramanian from Madurai. He first served Sri Sundara Vinagayar Temple and Sri Saravaswarar Temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He started serving the Concord Shiva Murugan Temple in USA from 2008.
Puja performed by the head priest of the Shiva Murugan Temple, Ananth Sivachariar. He is from Sri Karpaga Vinayakar Temple, Pillaiyarpatti. His Five generations had served Vilathikulam Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple and Arulmigu Sankaranarayanaswamy Thirukkovil Temple in Sankarankoil.
Devotees of the temple circumambulate Ganesha just before immersion.
Everyone is in a joyous mood as Ganesha is taken down the path to the immersion site.
Devotees take Ganesha into the Sacramento River delta.
The final immersion. Ganapati Bapa Moriya; Pudja Varshi Lavkar Yaa. Jai Ganapati, please return next year.
Happy Sivathondars wading back ashore.
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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.