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.
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