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.
"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."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta