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How To Perform Puja

Puja is a sacred practice of reverence, honor, adoration or worship from the devotee towards the Almighty. Puja could mean different things to different people. For Puja, all you need to have is a devoted heart full of love for the divine. The merciful God overlooks the shortcomings of men if they follow the path of spirituality with devotion. So, minor faults don’t really matter, if the devotion is sincere. God is kind and grants blessings to the devotees with sincere heart.

How is Puja Celebrated?
According to Hinduism, a formal puja consists of meditation (dhyana), austerity (tapa), chanting (mantra), scripture reading (svadhyaya), offering food (thaal) and prostrations (panchanga or ashtanga pranama, dandavat). People apply tilaka on their forehead with sandalwood paste, and a vermillion dot (kumkum Chand) in its centre. The centre of the forehead is considered as the crucial point suggesting the omnipresence of the Divine. Puja is generally concluded with aarti to the lord.

Puja can be celebrated by an individual person or in gatherings. The ceremony may be done in silence or accompanied by prayers. Sometimes a puja is done for the benefit of certain people, for whom people ask blessings.

Steps of a Puja
Each and every sect, family or an individual have their own way of doing Puja. Every time when you say ”samarpayami” (I m offering), offer two akshatha with love and devotion to the lord.
(Akshatha is uncooked rice; if possible color it with kumkum, saffron powder, turmeric and a little bit of water. This can be made for a week in advance and can be kept near the Alter)

A typical Puja involves the following 27 steps:

•Dhyaanam Samarpayami (Think or meditate on the Lord)

•Aawaahanam Samarpayami (Offering invitation the Lord)

•Aasanam Samarpayami (Offer a seat to the Lord)

•Paadyam Samarpayami (Offer water to wash the feet)

•Arghyam Samarpayami (Offer water to wash the hands)

•Aachamaneeyam Samarpayami (Offer water to drink)

•Snaanam Samarpayami (Give bath to the Lord)

•Maha Abhishekam Samarpayami (Give main head bath to the Lord)

•Pratishtaapayaami (Make him seated)

•Vasthram Samarpayami (Offer clothes to the Lord)

•Yajnopaveetham Samarpayami (Offer the Holy Thread)

•Gandham Samarpayami (Offer sandalwood paste/powder)

•Akshatham Samarpayami (Offer Akshatha/ Rice)

•Pushpam Samarpayami (Offer Flowers to the Lord)

•Ashthothtra Poojam Samarpayami (Offer the holy 108 names)

•Dhoopam Aaghraapayaami (Offer Fragrance / Agarbatti)

•Deepam Darshayaami (Offer light to the lord)

•Neivedyam Samarpayami (Offer Food to the Lord)

•Phalam Samarpayami (Offer Fruits to the Lord)

•Taamboolam Samarpayami (Offer betel nut and leaves)

•Dakshinam Samarpayami (Offer money to the Lord)

•Maha Nirajanam Samarpayami (Offer aarti to the Lord)

•Pradakshinam Samarpayami (Taking clockwise rounds of arti)

•Namaskaram Samarpayami (Offer Prostrations)

• Mantra Pushpam Samarpayami (Offer incantations and flowers)

•Praarthanaam Samarpayami (Offer prayers, request your desires)

• Kshamaapanam Samarpayami (Offer apologies & ask for forgiveness)

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Ganesha Mantras

Ganesha Mantras are known as Siddhi Mantra (the one with perfection). Each and every mantra is full of energy and power of Lord Ganesha. It is believed that mantras of Ganesha, when chanted with genuine devotion, give positive results. These mantras ward off all trials and troubles gracing the devotee with every success. All mantras are disclosed by the Almighty, through the Intelligence, Vision and Experience of the divinely illuminated and perfected sages and men of integral God-Experience.

Ganesha is the power of knowledge, success and fulfillment. It is believed that people get benefit out of these mantras when chanted with utmost devotion and faith. Success is not far when you have love and respect, faith and understanding, kindness and willpower in your heart and when you are in touch with that power which breaks up all restrictions, obstacles, problems ,difficulties and makes available to you the rays of success, prosperity and abundance. Some such Mantras are given below for the spiritual benefit of the readers –

Special Ganesha Mantras
• Aum Shri Ganeshaya Namah
“Praise to Lord Ganesha”. This is the mantra of prayer, love and adoration. It is chanted to get Ganesha’s blessings for the positive starting of a project, work or simply to offer him the praise.

•Aum Gan Ganapatye Namah
This is Lord Ganesha’s mula (“root”) mantra .It is also known as his ”beej” Mantra. This mantra is used for Yoga Sadhana in which we pray to Lord Ganesha and merge ourself with the supreme knowledge and peace. This is a mantra from Ganapati Upanishad. One can always use it before starting any new venture so that success comes without any hassle.

•Aum Vakratundaya Hum
This is a powerful mantra from Ganesha Purana. When things are not in your favour, or when the minds of the people turn negative, depressed or discouraged, the attention of Ganesha may be drawn by this mantra to straighten their ways. The HUM symbolizes “Delay no more, my Lord, in straightening the paths of the crooked-minded ones.” This mantra is used many a times in the Ganesha Purana to reduce the violence of cruel demons. In addition, this mantra could also be used for healing any spinal problem, such as curvature of the spine or curved limbs. Dedicate 1,008 repetitions of this holy word to straighten and heal such deficiencies.

•Aum Kshipra Prasadaya Namah
Kshipra means immediate. If some danger or negative energy is coming your way and you don’t know how to get rid of that danger, with true devotion, practice this mantra for quick blessing and purification of one’s aura.
•Aum Shrim Hrim Klim Glaum Gam Ganapataye vara varada sarva janamme vashamanaya svaha
There are several beej (seed) mantras in this mantra. Among other things, it says, “Shower Your blessings, O Lord. I offer my ego as an oblation.”

•Aum Sumukhaya Namah
This mantra has a lot of meaning, in simple terms, it means you will be always very beautiful in soul, in spirit, in face, everything. By meditating on this mantra, very pleasing manners and a beauty comes on you. Along with that comes peace, which constantly works in your eyes; and the words you speak are all filled with that power of love.

• Aum Ekadantaya Namah
Ekadanta refers to one tusk in the elephant face, which means God broke the duality and made you to have a complete one-pointed mind. Whoever has that oneness of mind and single-minded devotion will achieve everything.

•Aum Kapilaya Namah
Kapila (red) means that you are able to give colour therapy. You are able to create colours around yourself and around others, soak them in that colour and heal them. As per the mantra you create, so will you create the colors. Another meaning is “wish cow,” the “cow of plenty.” It means that whatever you wish, that comes true. There is a wish-cow inside you. Whatever you wish, especially for curing others, comes true instantly.

•Aum Gajakarnikaya Namah
The ears of Ganesha, the elephant – god, are constant fanning, which means people can talk a lot, but you are not receiving inside anything other than what is important. It also means that you can sit anywhere and tune this celestial tube (the body) with seven channels (chakras) and all 72,000 nadis, to any loka and be able to hear ancestors, angels, the voice of God or the voice of prophets. That kind of inner ear you will develop through this mantra.

•Aum Lambodaraya Namah
This means you feel that you are this universe. It means that all the celestial bodies are within you. Like an entire tree is in the seed, the whole universe is in the sound of creation, which is Aum, and that Aum consciousness in you makes you feel that you are the universe. Therefore, if you say, realizing the oneness with the universe, “shanti to the world” every day, then the grace of God will come and there will be world peace, universal peace. It is the universe within Aum and Aum within you.

•Aum Vikataya Namah
This means realizing this world as a dream or a drama. When you are in that high consciousness, this whole world looks like a dream. All of us have taken a role. We have to play our role in life as wife or husband or children or citizens, all consistent with the role we have taken. When an actor bitten by a sponge cobra that is brought on the stage falls, the entire audience cries; but that boy who has fallen knows it was not a real cobra and he is not dead. Life is a drama –definitely life in this material world, this physical world of ego, is a drama. But inside, like the boy on the stage who is quite happy knowing that he didn’t die by the bite of the sponge cobra, like that, the truth never dies in us; it is immortal. So everything else you consider as drama. That consciousness comes to you by knowing this mantra.

•Aum Vighna Nashanaya Namah
This mantra invokes the Lord Ganesha to remove every hindrance in your life and in your works. By constant meditation on this mantra, all obstacles and blocked energy in your physical and cosmological bodies are released.

•Aum Vinayakaya Namah
Vinayaka is the name of Ganesha in the golden age. So by realizing this mantra, your life will have a golden age. In your office, in your work, you’ll be the boss. Vinayaka means something under control. Vinayaka means the Lord of resolving problems.

•Aum Ganadhyakshaya Namah
This mantra is very important. Suppose you have a group, a country, neighbours, or any kind of group therapy, group healing or a whole country requiring healing, then you have to bring that entire group to your mind’s arena and say this mantra. A group healing takes place by this mantra.

•Aum Bhalachandraya Namah
In Sanskrit, bhala means the forehead center. Chandra means the crescent moon. Bhalachandra means that chakra from where the nectar drips. That is the secret of all healing. It is to feel yourself as Shiva, identifying yourself with the Truth and feeling constantly that you are carrying the crescent moon, the symbol of growth and nectar of peace.

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Chandra Grahan in December 2011 in India Chandragrahan Lunar Eclipse December 10, 2011

Chandra Grahan, Total Lunar Eclipse, will take place on December 10, 2011 in India. According to NASA, the Chandra Grahan is a Total lunar eclipse and is visible in India, Dubai, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and United States. The Chandragrahan will be taking place in India between 6:16 PM on December 10 to 9:48 PM on December 10, 2011.
Total Lunar Eclipse – the moon is fully covered – is from 7:36 PM to 8:37 PM on December 10, 2011.
The eclipse in India begins during moonrise so the initial phase of eclipse will not be visible in most parts of India.The time is same throughout India as per NASA.

Hanuman Mantra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr07kp_y5XQ&feature=fvwrel

Powerful hanuman mantra this mantra calls hanuman ji and protects you from black magic, evil spirits and It free’s you from sorrow

What is Walking Meditation?

Sep 27, 2011 by Bridget Dougherty

Most people think of walking as a way of getting from here to there, but the aim of walking meditation is to focus on the journey, moment by moment, step by step.
To do this you pay attention to the movements of the body, usually the feet or legs. Some people use the feel of the sun on their skin or the movements of their arm as the primary object of the practice. It helps if you keep your focus on the one thing throughout the practice, but try different objects of attention to see what works best for you.
Walking meditation is not only good exercise, it also helps us feel happier and less stressed because we stay focused on the present moment without our attention wandering incessantly to this that and the other.
Also, as we stay connected with our bodies we feel more connected with the whole of nature.  As the walking meditation practice deepens, we feel more connected with the earth and its beauty. This is a joyful experience that makes us feel more at home in the world, and more peaceful. The chattering monkey mind becomes quieter (we’ve given it something to do] and we feel more a part of the world we walk on.
Some people like to repeat a mantra when they walk, or match their breathing with the steps.

Too Busy to Sit Still?

Walking meditation is an effortless way of bringing meditation into your everyday life. It is also wonderful when you are too busy to sit.
Imagine how many steps you take in a day, imagine using that time to meditate instead of ruminate.  If you work in a busy office for example, you can practice walking meditation when you take a break to go to the bathroom or the water cooler, or you can incorporate the practice into your lunch time by taking a 15 minute walk around the block.
At home you can make walking meditation part of cleaning the house, or walking the dog. Do this by simply turning your attention to every step you take instead of getting caught up with your thoughts.
If you exercise regularly, either running or walking, try doing it mindfully. You will most likely need to learn to walk before you run but with practice you can bring meditation to virtually any activity simply by paying attention on purpose.

Moving Meditation

Walking meditation is simply keeping your attention focused on the movements of your body while you are walking. As you lift your foot to take a step, follow the movement of the foot with your awareness. Notice when the foot meets the ground and then switch to the other foot, noticing the way it moves.
Alternatively you can keep your attention focused on the soles of your feet, or if you are walking outside you can make the feel of the sun on your skin the primary object.
Regardless of where you put your attention, the aim is to stick with the one object and every time your mind wanders you simply and gently bring it back to whatever it is you are focusing on.

Slowing it All Down

If you are the sort of person that rushes from here to there with a million and one things going through your mind chances are you are stressing yourself out. Walking meditation might be just what you need.
You can always go back to the million and one things. They don’t seem to go away, but for just a few minutes a day let your mind rest while your body moves. Notice the thoughts that come up, the feelings. Notice any feelings of frustration; of feeling pressured.
If you are practicing indoors, slow things right down. Take each step very slowly, as slowly as you can without losing your balance. If you are out and about, you don’t need to slow down to the point of looking silly. Just slow it down a notch or two, and keep your attention focused on each step you take. Try it next time you go grocery shopping. Observe how it feels.

Keep Your Attention on Each Step

When you are practicing walking meditation, you are not trying to get any place, you are learning to enjoy life one moment at a time: learning to keep your awareness in the present moment.
In the same way you develop your attention by focusing on the breath in sitting meditation, you develop mindfulness in walking meditation by continually returning your attention to the practice.

 

http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/article/what_is_walking_meditation

 

Types of Meditation

Oct 11, 2011 by Sue Waterworth

Improve your return on investment. Stopping to smell the roses is great, but you can easily get a better return on the precious time you invest.
We search, often unsuccessfully, for ways to feel happier, deal with stress better and generally enjoy our life and work more.  But life goes on getting busier and more complex as we strive to be everything to everybody; and there’s no end in sight.  Ever wondered about meditating?

What Is Meditation?

You may ask what meditation is going to do to help us deal with all the difficulties that life is in the habit of presenting to us. The answer is ‘a lot’ – if you’ll only give it a go.
Meditation is thousands of years old, and has as many flavours as your favourite ice cream shop. This means you’ll be able to choose a method that’s right for you. It’s often defined in pretty esoteric terms, but basically, it’s a way to put a pause in your life. By making a space, no matter how small, we give our body-mind the chance to do what it’s so good at: getting us closer to using our full potential, mentally, physically and spiritually.

Different Types of Meditation

Much meditation practice is a personal mix of techniques, and doesn’t have a particular name. But the commonest formal types are:
  • Transendental meditation – uses a continually repeated personal mantra to bring a state of calm and quiet the mind. Finally, thought is transcended, and you come to a state of full consciousness. This type of meditation has been scientifically studied, and has been shown to be effective for treating such conditions as high blood pressure
  • Mindfulness meditation– you watch the thought-by-thought progression of your mind, you are aware of the thoughts, and accept them without judgement.  This is being used in corporate situations to help deal with stress, and to improve workplace performance. It’s also much used for dealing with health issues
  • Body awareness – yoga, tai chi or progressive muscle relaxation are all methods of body awareness used as a way to focus completely. This too is popular for use in health issues
  • Prayer – used in a spiritual or religious context, but still brings complete focus
  • Focusing with the ears on sounds or music
  • Focusing with the eyes on a flame or image
In the end, all meditation is about being right here, right now.  While that mightn’t sound much of a goal, it’s the simple thing that our wellbeing hinges on. It’s only when we start to meditate that we come to understand how scattered we are.
Our minds are skilled at multi-tasking, and this is the underlying cause of stress. We can’t take one issue, work it out, make a decision and let it go, because nothing gets our full attention for more than a milli-second. We’re simply not aware of what’s going on in our minds most of the time. Thousands of issues get tangled up together, like a blocked sink, everything starts to back up. Meditation helps to unclog that sink because we learn to give our full attention to whatever needs it, at the moment.  And we learn to accept whatever is there. For this reason you can find it being incorporated into psychotherapy.
Many major corporations are also finding value in using meditation in their workplaces. They understand the importance of not just dealing with stress, but nurturing the abilities of staff, and developing their potential. If those hard-nosed business tycoons think there’s something in it, we probably should pay attention.  They know better than most how to get the very best return on their investment.


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  • Narasimhaye: I meant do Puja , not pika sorry.