Gods are Real Beings

The big news is from Mauritius where a record number of people came to receive Ganesha’s blessings. At that event, Bodhinatha’s talk was read out to over 6,000 people. We have two reports below and we give you the text of Bodhinatha’s message to the huge crowd here:

The Gods Are Real Beings, Not Mere Symbols

Many people look at the Gods as mere symbols, representations of forces or mind areas. Actually, the Gods are beings, and down through the ages ordinary men and women, great saints and sages, prophets and mystics in all cultures have inwardly seen, heard and been profoundly influenced by these superconscious, inner-plane, inner-galactic beings. Lord Ganesha is just such a being. He can think just as we can think. He can see and understand and make decisions — decisions so vast in their implications and complexity that we could never comprehend them with our human faculties of limited understanding.

In recent history, missionaries and others from the Western religions have told the Indian people over and over again that their Gods are not real beings, but merely symbols of spiritual matters — and unfortunately many have begun to believe this and look at their Gods in this way. Even among Hindus there are quite a few who don’t believe in inner-world beings. Their belief is restricted to the people they see in the physical world, and that is all. You dare not tell them differently. It is very difficult, but not impossible, to introduce them to the grand philosophy which is based solely on worship, meditation, inner discipline and the search for Absolute Truth. But this is too high-minded for those living in the everyday materialistic consciousness. For the knowledge of inner worlds to become accepted, a personal realization has to occur. This is a slow process for the materialist, a very slow process, and only Lord Ganesha can help it along. To contact Lord Ganesha, it is imperative that the materialist visit one of His temples or shrines, to make initial contact. It only takes one meeting.

How to Approach the Deity

When you approach the Deity, you should believe that Ganesha feels your presence, that He sees you just as you see Him. In thus seeing Him in very human terms, you will get to know Him better. You will develop a very human relationship with Him. It is especially important that you develop this relationship with Lord Ganesha. It will not be difficult to nurture a friendly feeling for Him, because Ganesha is the Deity who governs our instinctive-intellectual state of mind. He governs the instinctive mind of all the animals, the insects, the birds and the fish, and governs, as well, all the forces of prakriti, nature. Lord Ganesha is also the Deity who governs the higher intellectual mind, of science and profound knowledge. This is why they call Him Lord of Categories. As Lord of Categories, He organizes and clears the intellectual mind so that individual awareness can flow unhindered in the many areas of developing thought. As Lord of Obstacles, He creates and removes obstacles so that karma becomes more and more perfect as the refinement process of living through the experiences of life continues.

Personal Testimony From Mauritius

Aum Namasivaya,

Prostrations to the holy feet of our great Lord Shiva!

hope all is well in Kauai! I want to start by saying that I have received several gifts recently. One was a new camera. This I brought to the Spiritual Park today and wanted to share the experience with you.

What a day it was! As we do every year, there is a special prayer done for children, students to help them have success in the upcoming exams. But this year was astounding! The number of children, people, that attended was staggering to say the least. My guess is 6,000 but I really have no idea. I tried to capture it in the pictures as best as I could. The gifts of flowers were in abundance and you will see how even the large size of our Pancha Ganapati looked laden with offerings.

The energy was so high that the hanging lamp above Ganesha’s head was swinging as if there was a strong breeze, although there was none where the light hung. Now let me tell you about the letters to be burnt in the homa, although the pictures tell the story. Simply said, I have NEVER seen that many.

The meditation was amazing in the sound of silence that a body of people that size created. Besides a few babies, you would think there were only around 10 people on the property.

The day was one I will never forget, nor will I ever take for granted my blessed karma of sitting at the feet of Ganesha on this life changing day.

Ganesha Homa October 09- Mauritius Spiritual Park /Part 2

We are pleased to share with you our last series of photos for the Ganesha Homa dedicated to all students taking part in their school and university exams.

An elaborate homa with several items sent into the fire.

The traditional pouring of ghee into the homa by the Sivacharya.

Thousands of prayers were burnt on that day. There were so many written prayers that the large homa pit was over filled up.

Kulapati SK Moorghen, jubilated by the devotional singing inside the Mandapam, was instrumental in the coordination of this ceremony, especially taking care of having the exercise books designed and printed.

Kulapati Siven Koothan gave talk on Lord Ganesha.

A little rush at the start, during the distribution of the Ganapati copybooks, but finally all the youth with happy faces left the Mandapam.

No one wants to miss this exercise book.

So many youth waiting patiently on the Ganesha Bridge to receive their blessed copy book.

(Left) Kulapati Mougam Periatumbee and Jis Chenngana offering the sacred flame.

Our staff at the Himalayan Academy booth outside. The crowd is almost dispersed by that time. A busy Sunday, leaving everyone blessed and uplifted. Our next Mauritius event coming is Guru Jayanthi on October 15. Members and students are enthusiastic to organize this evening event.

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