Month: February 2016
The divine act of ‘puja’ or also known as ‘pooja’ refers to the ceremonial worship by making an offering to the image of God, as per the definition in encyclopedia. The act performed by majority of us in our daily routine, yet very few of us realizes the true meaning of puja. It is an art of expressing our reverence and gratitude to the divine energy, by performing various rituals. It is a pious way of direct communication between our soul and its true master.
Puja is not just a ceremony for few minutes or hours, it helps to seek strength from God which helps us to deal with the ups and downs throughout the day. As the other ancient practices like Ayurveda and Yoga provides the natural healing of the mind, body and soul. The Hindu system of medicine and meditative practice keeps the person away from illness of body and mind. Similarly the practice of adoring God is the ancient technique to wake the positive energies and seek blessings from them. ‘Puja is a form of yoga whose final result aimed to be the consciousness of god through homage to God.’
The mantra, yantra and tantra in puja help the devotees to awaken the positivity within and around him and channel the particular frequencies to resolve the problems. In simple words, puja is a homemade remedy- free of side effects that can be used any day and anytime to seek the strength from Almighty and face the difficulty.
Though every ritual and ingredient used during puja ceremony has their own unique significance but above all our willingness and modest attitude also play an important role. Adoring the positive energies with a right approach relieves us from the stress and also saves us from negative energies.
Anger is temporary state of madness. We are usually angry for what has happened in the past, or fighting with people to change them, or internal war as at times we regret our own faults and become angry on ourselves. The internal disharmony is projected upon others and we carry the baggage with ourselves.
We get angry because people and situation are not working according to us; but here we need to realize that it is actually impossible to change the situation or people around us. We just create bitterness within us and disturb our own thoughts.
Whenever you are angry, stop yourself and ask these few questions:
- Who is angry?
- Who is creating the anger?
- Who will suffer this anger?
- For how long should I do it?
By intrapersonal communication and self introspection we comprehend that to stay peaceful is in our own hands. Anger is our personal choice and it entirely depends on us that which kind of response we choose. Further we can follow these five basic steps:
“Awareness of the problem that is causing irritation, acknowledge that I am responsible for the irritation or frustration and it’s in my control, acceptance of the fact that I am the creator of my anger, assent by detaching myself from the anger through withdrawing the power given to anger, realizing that I am a peaceful and powerful soul and coming back to my original self.”
The day to adore the Goddess of knowledge, art and science –Goddess Saraswati is widely known as Vasant Panchami. The festival is celebrated on the 5th day or ‘Panchami’ of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of ‘Magha’, which falls during January-February. It is also referred as the ‘birthday of Goddess Saraswati’- thus auspicious for beginning any kind of good and important work on this day.
Many educational institutions also pay a tribute to Goddess Sarawati on this day by organizing special prayers and program. To express the gratitude and to seek blessings from the Goddess, children are inspired by making them aware about Her grace. Not only in educational institutions but many temples also celebrate this day with great enthusiasm. The idols of Goddess are dressed in white and special Saraswati puja is organized.
Pitr-tarpan (puja for departed soul) is performed and Brahmins are fed. Kamdeva and Vasant, known as the personification of spring, are also honoured on this day. The colour yellow is given special importance as it is considered the symbol of blossoming flowers of mustard. Therefore yellow attire is worn, yellow flowers are offered to Goddess Saraswati and even sweets and dishes are also prepared in yellow and saffron colour.
This year Vasant Panchami is on 12th February 2016. The puja muhurat is from 09:16 am to 12:35 am. Book your Saraswati puja package at: http://www.shubhpuja.com/product/saraswati-puja/
Om Sri Ganeshaya Namaha
Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, is the deity invoked when marking a new beginning. As with so many other yogic concepts, the elephant-faced one is not only a symbol for removing obstacles, but simultaneously represents the obstacle: if an elephant decides to stand in your path, you’ll have a hard time continuing along it. What to do? How to deal with it?
Being conscious of the importance of a good and solid beginning is the first step towards a successful path. Preparing yourself well, understanding that respect and care are essential ingredients to your undertaking, and that obstacles will be part of your journey, are all useful in the process of getting ready for a new beginning.
Whether you enter into a longer undertaking like a course or training, or simply get onto your yoga mat for a practice: to visualise yourself preparing for the task, maybe even doing a little ritual that involves the cleansing of hands and feet, lighting a candle or doing some breath work, to bring yourself consciously to the task, will allow for a much deeper entering into the process. It will prepare the mind and the body for what is to come.
So make ritual part of your practice. Go and find one that suits you and your purpose, but be mindful not to become habitual and mindless in the repetition and application of it. Be open to changing your ritual when necessary and remain alert to the need to do so. An empty, meaningless ritual becomes a routine, numbing you to the complexity of the task, and defying the purpose of the ritual. The mind is prone to the illness of forgetting: forgetting purpose, forgetting ongoing alertness and enquiry. Only an alert and open mind is willing to experience and thus learn. To learn, we need to be from expectation, from anticipation, from judgement.
Check in with yourself often: am I practicing habitually, seeking rigid rules and information that is set in stone and gives me the security of knowledge? Or am I engaging mindfully in ritual that allows me to become more open and free with each experience I am inviting into my process of growth? Am I becoming more capable of integration, or am I seeking the diminishing of complexity? On this path, am I becoming more rigid or more flexible? Is my mind dull or alert?
Contributed By: Nina Alfers (http://www.svastha-yoga.com) comes from a background of martial arts and yoga and practices as a massage therapist. She has studied Sociology, Philosophy and Psychology and practiced as a counsellor for some years before embracing her other healing capacities. She is based in Melbourne, Australia, and often travels to SE Asia to broaden her knowledge and to facilitate yoga workshops, immersions and teacher trainings.
One of the gender role associated with females is appearing all fancy and decorated, especially after marriage. Though natural or internal beauty is the best asset yet external beautification has also become an important part. It is surprise to know that few ornaments, worn as symbol of married women, actually have scientific and health benefits. If they succor in health benefits then why not take the duo advantage.
Significance of toe ring:
Toe rings or commonly called as ‘bichiya’ are worn in pairs on the second toe of both feet. Some people may also wear more than one set of toe rings, for fashion or even tradition. Apart from the symbol of marital status, it has major health benefit.
A nerve from the second toe connects the uterus and passes to heart. Wearing toe ring on this finger strengthens the uterus. It also keeps the person healthy by regulating the blood flow to it and menstrual cycle is regularized. As Silver is a good conductor, it also absorbs polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body. These toe rings worn on a particular finger enhance the sexual arousal among the females.
Significance of wearing bangles:
Be it in any form ranging from choodha among Punjabis to ivory bangles among Rajasthanis, the material and designs can vary accordingly. Apart from being a jewelry piece, it holds important health benefit. Times when mostly the male members of the house were involved in physical work and ladies were engrossed in household chores the bangles helped the ladies to stay fit. Normally the wrist portion is in constant activation on any human. Also the pulse beat in this portion is mostly checked for all sorts of ailments.
The Bangles used by women are normally in the wrist part of one’s hand and its constant friction increases the blood circulation level. Further the electricity passing out through outer skin is again reverted to one’s own body because of the ring shaped bangles, which has no ends to pass the energy outside and send it back to the body. This maintains the blood pressure and results in stability and patience.