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!
Unless kundalini is active, the deepest meditative states are not available to us. But to activate kundalini, Gurudeva tells us we must invoke the grace of Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. "Yoga is internalized worship which leads to union with God." Experience the inside of you in a profound way. This requires dispassion. The popular term "kriya yoga" usual refers to a form of pranayama, but the original kriya yoga is defined by Sage Patanajli as the practice of three of the niyamas: tapas, svadhyaya and Isvarapranidhana. To achieve samadhi we practice yoga, steady restraint of mental activities, austerity, meditation, detachment, self study and worship of God. Communion with the Ishta Devata, the chosen God is a key and also Gurudeva tells us: the Deity chooses you.
Master Course, Dancing with Siva, Lesson 39
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 5
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras