We are happy to share a few photos of Ganesha Homa for the month of June 2011 at the Spiritual Park.
Devotees always look forward with deep love and faith for this monthly religious event…
Every space around the Mandapam accommodates devotees.
At the other side of the left hand railing going up the Mandapam…
Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati always look majestic on such events!
Always adorned with local and imported flowers and garlands lovingly offered by devotees.
The sacred flames consume hundreds of written prayers.
Kulapati Kulagan, Nanda Thungavelloo and Adi Sankaraleading the bajans…
One devotee receiving a present on behalf of the Spiritual Park. Our kind gentlleman has been restoring the thatched roof of the Ganesha Mandapam as a seva. This was a delicate job professionally done using dry sugar cane leaves.
Near the pond…
Offerings at the small Ganesha shrine.
A view of the crowd from the small Ganesha Shrine.
Ananda and Logadassen helping at the HA Booth.
Newcomers discovering the waterfront.
Arati time… the final part of the ceremony. The whole crowd stands up. This is usually a very uplifting moment when a high spiritual vibration is felt by all those present.
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.