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.
Hindus believe there is one Truth, we just all don't agree on the name and nature of God. To compare Hinduism with other religions, you need to ask the orthodox practioners what their beliefs are. For example, one Christian minister explained that he believes we are fallen beings, not inherently good and need to be redeemed or face eternal Hell. Hinduism believes the opposite: we are divine beings with instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Everyone will eventually become a spiritual being and attain God realization. That is about as far apart as we can get in beliefs. There is really no way that the two can be compared.