purnaat jayate iti puja
"If we sit in meditation , the glow within the body will brighten, and will expand and spread outside. This is Devi Puja"
-Sri Sri Ravi shankar
Puja, Homa and the Importance of Sankalpa
How is Puja/Homa Performed
Every Puja and Homa is performed according to the Vedic tradition. They are conducted by learned and experienced vedic scholars (pundits), that are part of our Sri Sri Gurukul. All of them have undergone a formal education and rigorous training in the field of Vedic Studies for a minimum of 6 years and have also undergone rigorous practical training and have received guidance from H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Importance of Sankalpa
Sankalpa is derived from two words ‘SAT’ (which means Guna) and ‘KALPANA’ (which means imagination). So Sankalpa means a good intention. During the pujas we bring the mind from the vastness of time and space to HERE NOW. Vedic Mantras are chanted has an effect on our being ; the ancient Rishis figured out which sound created what impact on brain and that is how the Mantras were created. The mantras chanted during the puja is the process of making the sankalpa manifest. Just as Sunlight is present everywhere, but when we keep it under a magnifying glass it creates fire. Sankalpa is like a magnifying glass. Attending the puja’s is definitely very beneficial, but taking a sankalpa makes it more powerful. The choice is yours.
How to take Sankalpa
Vaidic Dharma Sansthan conducts various pujas and homas on request by devotees for specific purposes. Devotees can take sankalpa for various pujas and homas organized at Art of Living, Bangalore ashram campus or other parts of the country also.
PUJA AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE
In Sanskrit ‘puja’ is defined as “purnaat jayate iti puja”, which means ‘that which is born (jayate – ja) out of fullness (purnaat – pu)’. So puja means the spontaneous happening which is born out of the fullness and contentment of the Self.
Puja is an innocent playful process reciprocating the supreme love of nature. The state of mind with which the puja is performed, the various materials (samagri) used and the chanting (mantras) which is done during the puja, all have a profound effect on the environment. The vibrations purify the place and people present.Puja is a meditation, it is a yoga. The feeling of oneness of the worshipper and the worshipped, is the realization of the true nature of the Self.
Our Pujas Includes
HOMA AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE
Homa is the most ancient and sacred ceremony in the Vedic tradition. In the presence of the fire element, Agni, the forms of the divine are invoked by the power of mantras and profound spiritual intention (sankalpa). Special offerings are cast into the fire while Sanskrit mantras are chanted. The element of fire is associated with the upward motion of the divine energy and is considered to be the most powerfully purifying element.
The vibrations created by the Homa have a profound effect on the atmosphere and surroundings. All homas are performed with an intention of universal happiness and peace: “lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu, Om shanti shanti shanti”, which means ‘may everyone be happy, may there be peace everywhere’. Apart from this, every specific homa will have a specific effect or benefits, depending on the type of energy the homa invokes and enhances (the ‘devata’ or divinity invoked).