The annual Ayudhya Puja was held today. It was also Sun One and Bodhinatha gave a talk on “Work is Worship” after the homa, as a commentary on the meaning of today’s ceremony in which we bless our tools and express appreciation for the opportunity to fulfill our dharma through our craft and vocation.
Here the silpis begin the ceremonies at the patrai, which is beautifully decorated.
Bodhinatha starts with an arati of camphor and that he drops into the patrai to light the fire.
The silpis add charcoal and crank the blower to fire up the coals.
The coals are then carried in a tray to the temple site.
The tools are blessed. Monks also put their iPhones and iPads on the altar.
The symbolic using of the tools by chipping the stone.
"Stand strong for Saivism." The nature of life for Saivites is to turn work into worship, to turn the secular into the sacred. Each day give a little extra warmth, humanness and upliftment to others. Every day is a holy day, all day long. We want to follow our religion even in our dreams. If we help someone, we're worshiping. Wherever we are, that's a place of worship. "To the Saivite Hindu all of life is sacred. All of life is religion."