Pancha Ganapati Greetings to all TAKA viewers from devotees of the paradise island of Mauritius. We had a wonderful festival of this festival dedicated to Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati at the Spiritual Park on December 22. We bring you a few photos of the event.
The event was organised by catalyst trainees teaching Bodhinatha's Saivite Hindu Religion (SHR) series to some hundred youth all over the island. Each class presented an item. Most of items were short sketches based on the teachings as presented in the SHR series.
Here parents and youth stands up for the arati to Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati.
A song sung by the Rempart yputh living close to the Park.
Sivarathna accompanied all the new singers with his mrdangam.
The youth seated on the first level of the Mandapam steps appreciate the event. Due to limited space inside the Mandapam we could not set up a proper stage, and performance were done in an informal way to the joy of everyone present.
A Hatha Yoga demonstration as taught by our Himalayan Academy by the students of the young SHR Catalyst couple Jessen and his wife Kevina.
A sketch from the SHR class of Trainee Catalyst Kamila Jagambram.
Lots of sweets from devotees offered at the Holy Feet of Lord Ganapati. The youth were really spoilt.
A item presented by the SHR Catalysts Ananda, Anandee and Nuckiren from Quatre Bornes.
Happy to be at the Park today….
SHR Catalyst Vandana Nathoo with her students from Floreal.
Time for a juice break.
Kumaren taking care of our PA system.
The youth of SHR Catalyst Naden Caremben presenting an item on the benefits of home worship of Lord Ganapati.
Another item from the far south of the island by the SHR Catalyst Maurimotoo.
Another item from Jessen/ Kevina class on Lord Siva .
SHR Catalyst Kevina/Amba had a nice sketch on a large belly Ganapati.
The program nearing its end. All youth happily squeezed around Lord Ganapati for a souvenir photo.
Food was served to all present.
Bon Appetit to our young SHR student!
These SHR youth are making history at the Park. They are the first ones to hug as devotees do at Kauai Aadheenam, our still small Mauritius rudraksha tree at the Park.
The boys want to hug too. It was on the whole a very nice ceremony and it was as well a very fruitful moment for all SHR parents, students and catalysts to happily meet as one big family studying with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
Jai Ganesa! Everyone looks so happy and so beautuful especially the children. May God Ganesa bless all the heads of families who worked so hard to make this event so successful. I look forward to celebrating Pancha Ganapati in Mauritius at least once in the future.My family was privileged to have a gift of the photo of Pancha Mukha Ganapati for our shrine this year,given to us by Brahmachari Vel.Jai gurudeva, Jai Satguru Bodhinatha.Aum Shanti
Friends who are fine, positive and good Hindus will help you most of all. It's important for parents of teenagers to know their teenager's friends. Our strength comes from mixing and interacting with others who are practicing sadhana. "The group helps the individual and the individual helps the group."
Pray to Lord Ganesha before beginning work. Turn everything you do into selfless service, seva, karma yoga. Work becomes worship. Hold the perspective of Sivanadiyar that you are the devoted servant of God Siva. "Do everything you do as Sivathondu. Give up this 'I' and mine."
"As you approach God's home, you can feel the spiritual energy, and as you go inside you are engulfed in peace." Trust in and open up to the deity. God is a very subtle presence. The temple and the murti within it are set up so that anyone can feel God's presence once they have enough devotion. Go to the temple and through the sanctified murti see God. Kumbabishekam purifies the temple, infuses divine energy into the murti. The deity, during puja, resides in the murti. Continuous daily worship perpetuates and over the years strengthens the power of the temple.
Be close to God by going to the temple. By shifting our minds to our religion the flow of positive karma is intensified. Being open and receptive receive the blessings of the deity. Bask in the divine energy radiating out from the murti. Creating a strong tie to the temple, perform a sacred act when you return home. Light a lamp in your home shrine; bring the vibration and summon the devas from the temple.