16 step PUJA

WEDNEDAY 6:30 WITA

Pūjā is one of the most beautiful ways to bring out the devotee within oneself and establish a relationship with Īśvara, the Lord.

Pūjā is called kāyikaṃ karma, an action involving one’s limbs. It is also includes speech and mental action in the form of chanting and thinking of the Lord.

In a physical form of worship, such as pūjā, there is a greater field of expression of one’s devotion than is possible in purely oral or mental forms of worship. The body, mind and speech are all involved in a pūjā.

The forms, colours, fragrances and sounds of the various items of worship arrest one’s mind and aid in evokig devotion in oneself.

A pūjā is performed in order to express one’s gratitude to Īśvara for all one has been given in one’s life. The very creation in which one is born is considered to be a gift of the Lord. The body- mind sense complex is made up of five basic elements: space, air, fire, water and earth which also constitute the creation. Through the sense perception backed by the mind one perceives the Lord’s vast creation and appreciates his glories.

Traditionally, a form of worship known as pancopacāra- pūjā, worship with fivefold offering, is performed. This worship acknowledges the presence of the Lord and makes a simple offering of the five elements through a symbolic offering of puspa ( flowers), dhūpa ( incense), dīpa ( light ) naivedya (food ) and gandha (sandelwood paste ). These objects represent the elements space, air, fire, water and earth, respectively.