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.
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.