Contrary to the way the word “Enthusiasm” is currently used, with its secular connotations of excitement, intense and eager enjoyment or interest, it was originally used in a religious context to refer to beliefs and passions related to religion. Enthusiasm is a word derived from the Greek word Entheos, which means “the God within”.
The word enthusiasm alludes to “inspiration or possession by a God”. Indeed, the happiest people are the ones who are full of enthusiasm, who are connected with God, and who are in Yoga – in union with God. Yoga is more than a physical fitness program; it is a divine bridge between the soul and God – a path that leads to God realization. The four kinds of Yoga – Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga – all lead to a union with God.
To be “enthused”, therefore, is a blessing. It manifests in Bhakti, devotional worship of the supreme deity, Lord Shiva. Through His grace, one can attain Moksh or Enlightenment. Bhakti includes reverence, love, trust, faithfulness, surrender, attachment and devotion to God. Bhakti negates the ego and all desires, except for the desire to know and realize God. The Shivoham Shiva Temple not only propagates faith, but also creates Bhakti and hopes to guide believers to understand that Lord Shiva lives within each one of us, while helping seekers progress on the spiritual path of self-realization and God realization.
In order to promote Bhakti and strengthen the divine connection of devotees with Lord Shiva, the Shivoham Shiva Temple organises a special devotional event on Believers’ Day, which is celebrated at the temple every Monday, which is the day dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Monday nights are Bhajan nights at the Shivoham Shiva Temple. Beautiful, soulful bhajans are sung by AiR, the founder of the temple. The bhajans, which are composed by him, are an expression of Bhakti for Lord Shiva, sometimes voicing a longing and yearning for Shiva, thus seeking His grace, or praising the Lord and thanking Him for His many blessings. The bhajans are sung for an hour from 10:45 P.M. to 11:45 P.M. every Monday night and hope to fill the hearts of the audience, devotees and visitors, with love and devotion, and awaken within them the desire to realize God and be in union with Him.
Visit the Shivoham Shiva Temple on Monday nights to listen to AiR bhajans. Be enthused – divinely inspired!