In Mauritius, usually on the 1st January each year all temples of whatever Hindu denominations of the island are filled up in the morning with devotees as local Hindus feel they are to start the new year with the blessings of God. However, on the 2nd January it's fun and merry making, usually no religious functions.
But at the Spiritual Park, the Ganesha Homa held on January 2nd incredibly drew thousands of devotees who were there early morning as they they not want to miss the Blessings of their dear Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati.
All faces were radiant with love and devotion…
The tent was completely filled up.
Four kulapaties officiated the Homa. Our two new kulapaties, Kulapati Soundiren Arnasalon and Kulapati Yudananda Munian were invited to to officiate the sacred fire ceremony.
Kulapati Yudananda Munian…
One item of the ceremony was the official entrance into the Church membership of one devotee. Here is Saravan koothan from the south, reading his membership vows.
We were honored by the presence of two Indian priests on that occasion.
Kulamata Oomavadee Pallanee…
The priests were invited to chant a few Ganesha mantra at the end of the fire ceremony.
The final arati is about to start…
The whole crowd stood up…
Brahmachari Vel Mahalingum conducting the final arati for the first 2011 Ganesha Homa at the Spiritual Park. Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah!
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.