It was with much devotion that the hundreds of families turned up to attend the August 2011 Ganesha Homa at the Spiritual Park. A rich spiritual experience for everyone as usual.
Bhajans live on air…
The sacred fire each month consuming hundreds of written prayers…
Pouring ghee into the fire as a traditional offering…
Lord Ganapati nicely adorned with red flowers dominating over others on that day…
Kulapati Manon reading a talk from the Yamas and Niyamas from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
The smoke from incense sticks around the Narmada Lingam gives the feelings of seeing the murti in the inner world.
At the Himalayan Academy Booth where newly printed posters and Bodhinatha's Hindu Children Modern Stories Book One and Two book was on sale for the first time at the Park. Many parents were happy to purchase the books for their children after an announcement was made by kulapati Manick on the need for parents to teach Hindu values to their children.
Muthukumar Shanmugam, originally from Chennai, IT Engineer, is one of our regular MC students. His wife, a Mauritian and his sister in Chennai, too are HA students.
At our small Pancha Mukha Ganapati Shrine the crowd where the archana flow has slowed down compared to what it is usually early morning peak time.
Devotees everywhere on the lawn outside the Mandapam area…
Two guests artists entertained the devotees on that day. Kulapati Kulagan, our Cultural Coordinator, made arrangements that Vidwan Soyum Vallamah, a Mauritian (carnatic vocal) and Vidwan Jimmy Apalama from Reunion island (mrdangam) be among us for the Homa.
After the Homa members met inside the Dharmasala for a short meeting to work out a schedule for the convenience of everyone to attend natchintanai workshops on Saturdays and Sundays at the Saiva Dharmasala.
Other workshops and youth activities are in the pipeline of the HA for the youth of the membership.
An invitation to the Natchintanai workshop released by the Church to members, arulsishyas and MC Level 3 students.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta