Today we celebrate the Fifth Day of Pancha Ganapati and count our blessings and tune into the flow of abundance. Abundance the flows from a life built on a foundation of love and harmony; abundance that then flow out through us to the rest of the world.
As Yogaswami says in his famous song:
“We are Servants of Siva…
Getting and Giving Through Countless Generations!
Here is our Pancha Ganapati shrine in Kadavul Temple.
We are learning a new bhajan here at the Aadheenam, one which is known in Mauritius and popular worldwide.
The first line is :
“Maanasa Bhajare Guru Charanam; Dustara Bhava Saagara Taranam” which means:
“Oh Mind! Worship the Feet of the Guru; Then we can cross over the difficult ocean of existence.”
AS we sing we think of Gurudeva and all that he gave us, all the tools and gifts of catalysts to carry us along the path of life.
Pancha Ganapati is one of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami’s gifts to the world. Thank you Gurudeva! Jaya Maha Pancha Ganapati!
Padmaja: thanks for fixing the “dustara” spelling. As for words like “Saagar” we try to use the full Sanskrit form where the final vowel is retained: “saagara” (ocean). it is a “Hindi thing” to drop the final vowels in words. Thus we get:
"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