We are pleased post a last series of photos of the special religious ceremony performed for students at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius.
Here is a copybook printed for the occasion and freely distributed students present at the ceremony.
The Sivacharya concludes the agamic ritual at the homa pit, and it would be then time to burn the thousands of written prayers brought by devotees…
Inside as well as in the exterior of the Mandapam, the atmosphere is vibrating with deep devotion.
Kulapati Manon send the first prayers into the fire…
The sacred fire pit is immediately filled up while baskets of prayers are waiting to be burnt …..
Students have mostly written prayers to the inner worlds seeking blessings and help for the coming end of year school exams. The level of literacy is quite high in the island and school exams both at primary and secondary are fiercely competitive.
Exercise books piled up for Blessings from Lord Ganapati….
Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah!
Kulapati SK Moorghen, the main coordinator for this special ceremony thanking all those who have been helping in organizing that event.
Two cute little girls in the crowd….
Kulapati Manon Mardemootoo reading the message of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. Here is a quote:
"Because Lord Ganesha governs the higher intellectual mind, this is why it is both important and effective to worship Him before all major exams. Specifically, attend a temple and have an archana to Lord Ganesha a day or so before the exam. Also visualize Ganesha at the beginning of and during the exam. In this way His blessings help us do our best in the exam.
It is also important to stay relaxed during the exam. A simple way to do this is to breathe deeply from the diaphragm and on each outbreath consciously relax. Practice this at home for a few days before the exam and then do it regularly during the exam for approximately thirty seconds at a time."
The father of Swami Umapathi is on his first visit to the Park. He was so impressed that he could not help but to kindly request to say a few words, in which he stressed on the importance of Lord Ganesha and the role of Ganesha's Mushika.
The final arati….
Back to Bodhinatha's message:
"Gurudeva teaches us that "Lord Ganesha is the Deity who governs the higher intellectual mind, of science and profound knowledge. This is why they call Him Lord of Categories. As Lord of Categories, He organizes and clears the intellectual mind so that individual awareness can flow unhindered in the many areas of developing thought."
The distribution of exercise books at the exit, by a few helpers. A little rush here at this spot as the youth are making sure they do not miss their blessed gift home…
On the whole it was a wonderful event, and next year the organizers should still expect a larger crowd.
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.