This is our last Ganesha Homa for 2010 at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius which was as usual attended by thousands of devotees from all parts of the island. This ceremony has become a serious reference for Ganesha worship in Mauritius.
This Sunday, bhajans are led by sishya Nanda Thungavelloo assisted by Ananda.
A pious group of ladies inside the Ganesha Mandapam.
Intense worship at the Sivalingam.
On this Sunday the devotees could not go down the river to collect water for Siva Abhishekam as works are in progress on the extension of the waterfront. A safety filter protected visitors.
Our dedicated team taking care of offerings at the small Ganapati shrine….
Devotees lined up to worship at the Dakshina murthi. Plans are in motion to cover this area with a beautiful concrete Pavilion soon.
Another team of ladies taking care of offerings at the main Ganesha Mandapam…
Youth sishyas, Sivarathna Manick(right) and his sister Jambalini on the Mandapam steps…
Two guests from Malaysia, Venilla originally from Mauritius and her daughter ….
Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati always mystically overseeing all the activities going on at the Park….
The four Kulapatis officiating the ceremony…
This Sunday thousands of written prayers were sent into the sacred fire.
Kulapati Manon thanking the devotees for continuously supporting the many projects at the Spiritual Park, before going into one of Satguru Bodhinatha's Veylanswami's Talks.
Sishya Logadassen selling copies of Hinduism Today at the HA Booth.
This team is taking care of filling blessed fruits and sweets in small plastic bags to be later distributed to devotees at the end of the ceremony.
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.