“Worshipping thus, there is nothing that you cannot attain, Worshipping thus, you shall come by Indra’s wealth Worshipping thus, you shall attain miraculous Siddhi powers, Worshipping thus, you shall attain Mukti.” Tirumantiram
What is worship?
Any devotee will tell you that worship is a way to express his devotion to the Lord. The Lord has His own mantras, bhajan, and kirthan that please Him. When the devotee closes his eyes he recites mantras or sings. He pleases the Lord and absorbs divine energy.
But the Yajur Veda said that God has no image. There is no image of him. He is unborned and He should be worshipped. He is body-less and pure. Whereas the Purana shows to us the personified version of God. He speaks, eats, laughs, cries and manifests his emotions.
In spite of knowing who God is you must have experienced a kind of senseless idleness during worship. You feel that you are not connected. This means that externally you are not receptive. Your aura is not clean? When such reception fails you cannot connect to yourself. You feel boredom is installed. Your muladhara chakra fails to open even if you don’t know what it is about.
The Pranaagnihotri Upanishad speaks about the purification of the heart prior to worship, as it enables easy access to the knowledge of the Brahma. This applies also to external worship, i.e attending pooja in a temple. The Archagar officiates the pooja on behalf of devotees in temples. God is represented in many forms and are worshipped in rituals. This involves ringing of bells, passing of flames, chanting of holy mantras, presenting of flowers, and burning of incense sticks to invoke the deity. This responsibility is entrusted to the Archagar. Sometimes these are enough to get connected.
God has created the world, a dwelling place for man to move up through four progressive path, namely Chariya, Kriya, Yoga and Jnana. Chariya is external worship of God and Kriya is internal worship. Both are not necessarily alternatives form of worship but progressive stages that a devotee walk through before attaining Yoga and Jnana, which is self-realisation and achieving oneness with God.
Some says that work is worship, i.e Karma Yoga and they don’t believe in external worship in temple. But irrespectively what it is, once you understand worship, you understand that the common denominating factors are love, devotion, passion, commitment and dedication to what you do. This is what is lacking in the world we live. We hardly worship. This results in hate, war, and crimes.
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