By Devdutt Pattanaik
Ganesha has turn into some of the most renowned deities of Hinduim within the twenty first century.He is recognized everywhere.With an elephant-head,a plump physique and a potbelly he turns into a adorable and cuddly deity evoking feelings of serious affection. Hidden underneath this very obtainable shape is knowledge which can make us larger human beings.This e-book by way of India's most well known mythologist,Dr.Devdutt Pattanaik,is an try to spread that knowledge locked in a variety of stories,symbols and rituals.
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List of materials needed Picture and/or statue of Lakshmi Table, bench or box Two stainless steel or silver vessels Uddharana or metal spoon Clean cloth to put on the altar A blouse piece (symbolic clothing) Kumkum, haldi and cups to hold them Jewelry (a bangle or necklace for use during the puja) Akshata (dry mixture of uncooked rice with turmeric using water) in a cup Sandal paste Agarbattis, camphor Fresh flowers, fruits, coconut, leaves, fruit juice Lamps with wicks soaking in oil or ghee Arati plate with oil soaked wicks Naivedyam (Prasad) Books by the author Hinduism for Dummies Hindu Wedding: The Guide Vedic Wedding: Origins, Tradition and Practice How to Conduct Seemantam: Hindu Rites for the Wellbeing of the Mother-To-Be A Hindu Primer: Yaksha Prashna Selected talks and published papers by the author Wanted: A Thousand Vivekanandas: An appeal to Religious Orders and Organizations, To appear in Hindu Visva, January 2013 “Connecting the Dots: A Syncretic View of the Caste System” The Vedanta Kesari, December 2012 “Pantheism to Polytheism” lecture presented at the Hartford Seminary on November 20, 2012.
Faith is the critical element without which any ritual or religious practice is meaningless. To those who engage in worship of an ishtadevata (Godhead of one’s choice), Krishna has an unambiguous warning that is essential for us to note. The message is found in verse 28 of Chapter 17 (Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga) in the Bhagavadgita. ashraddhayaa hutam dattam thapastaptham kritamcha yath asad ithyuchyathe Paarttha na cha thath pretya no iha Whatever is sacrificed, offered or performed and whatever austerity is practiced without faith, it is falsehood, O Arjuna.
The family Godhead needs to be invoked as He/She is ever present bestowing protection to the family at all times. Chant as follows: grihadevataam dhyaayaami dhyaanam samarpayaami I respectfully contemplate our family Godhead Finally, it is necessary to pay respect to the family guru (Guru here refers to ancestral spiritual guides such as Adi Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya) and offer prayer before beginning the ceremony by chanting: guru brahma gururvishnu gururdevo maheswaraha guru saakshaat parabrahma tasmai Shreeguruve namaha Salutations to the preceptor who is verily Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara and who personifies the Supreme Being Shuddhi (Cleansing) In order to assure ourselves that any and all evil tendencies are removed from the worship room, we start with a prayer to Shiva whose very invocation is believed to clear out any troubling vibrations: om namah pranavaarthaaya shuddha jnaanaika moortaye nirmalaaya prashaantaaya dakshinaa moortaye namaha I salute the Lord of the Southern direction who is the very embodiment of the sacred symbol Om and of pure knowledge and eternal peace At this point someone familiar with that powerful bhajan Brahma murari surarchita lingam could lead the assembled.