Sunday, October 12, 2008

Bharatiya Temple

"Religion, after all, is a human expression, and religions are as different as our cultures...To think you can own the Almighty cannot but be counterfeit. No real experience of the infinite presence of God can leave you condemning your neighbor." ~Swami Vivekananda

"...truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect." ~J. Krishnamurti

One of the common misconceptions od the Hindu tradition is that they worship many gods. In reality, it is a henotheistic religion meaning one God with many facets. the deities represent various powers of the supreme God. They believe that there is no one way to God, just many paths to salvation. the way that is right for one person may not be right for another. The only correct way is the one that leads the individual to ultimate reality, or Brahman.

Rameswari Devi

The Bharatiya Temple priest splashes holy water on the deity, Lord Venkateshwara,the form of the Hindu god who destroys the sins of the people.

Parameswaran Iyer performs a prayer befor the Navagraha Devatas, the nine planetary deities, after walking circles around the platform.

B. Lalithambal, the priest's wife

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