Monday, August 6, 2012

Levels and Benefits of Puja

Level 1
When I had started doing Bengali style Puja in my younger days, like all Hindu Bengalis, I used to do pañcadevatā worship and thus worshiped: Gaṇeśa, Sūrya, Durgā, śiva, Viṣṇu (Nārāyaṇa).
This is what I call Level 1 worship or Worship of 5 Gods. 
Level 2
Later I added Goddess lakShmI and Goddess sarasvatI to the list as I felt that it was not correct to leave out those who controlled prosperity and knowledge respectively. So now the list was:
Gaṇeśa, Sūrya, Durgā, śiva, Viṣṇu (Nārāyaṇa), Lakṣmī, Sarasvatī
This is what I call Level 2 worship or Worship of 7 Gods.

Level 3
Then I came across a gentleman who promised me that if I started worshiping Lord hanumAna every Tuesday, I would start seeing positive changes in my life. I did see many positive changes. And thus instead I started worshiping Lord hanumAna everyday.  Again earlier I would worship Lord kRRiShNa every Wednesday - so I decided to make the worship regular and added Lord kRRiShNa to my daily list. So now the list was:
Gaṇeśa, Sūrya, Durgā, śiva, Viṣṇu (Nārāyaṇa), Lakṣmī, Sarasvatī,  Kṛṣṇa, Hanumāna
This is what I call Level 3 worship or Worship of 9 Gods.

Level 4
But then following questions struck me:
a. Was it correct that I worshipped kRRiShNa and completely ignore his consort (and feminine shaktI) rAdha? Shouldn't I add rAdhikA to my list?
b. And if I was worshiping Lord hanumAna who is also the rAmadUta (the messenger of Lord rAma) was it correct that I was not offering my reverence to Lord rAma? And can there ever be Lord rAma without his pure wife sItA?
So now the list was:
gaNesha, sUrya, durgA, shiva, viShNu (nArAyaNa), lakShmI, sarasvatI, kRRiShNa, rAdhA, rAma, sItA and hanumAna.
This is what I call Level 4 worship or Worship of 12 Gods.

Benefits of Daily Puja 
Some of benefits which I have experienced: :
a. Increase in focus and concentration
b. Increase in discipline
c. Controlled eating and regulated diet
d. a much calmer mind
e. better ability to deal with pressure situations
f. improved fluency in Sanskrit
g. and a much better appreciation of our glorious Hindu culture

1 comment:

  1. wow ur deep thoughts r gorgeous..n all d disciplinary wow, but I'm a bit confuse here,how many gods should be worship of?

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