Why Do the Pujas Occur in the Order They Do?
Right after Ganapati has blessed us for a new spiritual/religious year ahead, clearing our path for smooth practices, Goddess Durga or Lalitha, as She is very lovingly worshipped in the Southern states in India, prepares to visit us. In fact, Ganeshji heralds Her home-coming.
Once our root chakra energies are cleansed, the foundation for stronger spiritual practices to raise our consciousness through higher chakras is done. We are equipped to absorb and process the vital energies associated with Sattva, Rajas and Tamas that the Primordial Mother will soon bestow upon us during a nine-day practice, the Navrathri. Thus “Ya Devi sarvabhuteshu ...” dwelling in life forms as expressions of all three states... Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.
In every religion, the wise and the realized have aligned and ordered religious events in a particular order that carries the practitioner/ devotee through the essential steps in spiritual evolution, namely, cleansing, healing, re-energizing, awakening to higher spiritual vibrations, and finally, realizing Truth and Oneness.
Therefore, if one wishes to derive the full benefit of practicing any particular religion, it is important that all the vital practices laid out in that religion be observed in the given order (even if done in the simplest manner) because each religious event prepares the stage for the next, as vibrations get higher and higher from one observance to the next. However, nothing ever deprives us of Grace! Divine vibrations flow to us no matter what we do or don’t, but how much of it we are able to take in and process depends upon our individual preparations.
Skipping some practices and performing the rest, as and when they are scheduled through the year based on favorable celestial phenomena, would make our spiritual path a lot like a chain with a few missing links wherein even the awareness and invocation processes of higher energies within us would be partially active.
Lalitha Tripura Sundari is the immaculate manifestation of Adi ParaShakti, the universal primordial power of creation as unmanifested consciousness, and, expresses as Durga, Her perfect form! We worship Her yearly to cleanse, revive and imbibe essential energies in the body and mind so as to live a fuller life on an upward journey of spiritual evolution. Material and spirit are inseparable. From spiritual soundness emerges material abundance. These milestone spiritual practices in the form of Ganesha invocation, Durga/Lalitha invocation, Shiva, Lakshmi, Vishnu/Krishna and Saraswati worship ensue a continuous flow of subtle energies and have been skillfully laid out as ‘pujas’ all through the year in the particular serial order that actually serves to cleanse, revive, and re-energize our vital energies for a fulfilling worldly life, and if the practitioner/worshipper aspires, to raise the vibrations at our chakras in a way that transforms us at our very core into beings of elevated consciousness.
This enables us to perceive life within a much wider scope, to realize exactly where we each fit in the grand scheme of things, to live a free life... free of imaginary self-imposed limitations and shackles of fear that harness and condition the mind so deeply that we almost forget who we really are... powerful beings that co-create destiny by aligning our inner aspirations with the spiritual forces within and everywhere else!
It is therefore of utmost importance for our material and spiritual progress, no matter how elaborately or simply we perform our rituals, that we take the time, patience and opportunity on each of these occasions to connect with the sacred subtle vibrations of the vedic mantras (that generate sound vibrations to purify and energize our chakras) and consciously focus at the heart in silence. This opens up our chakras and enables us to absorb the dynamic life forces emanating from within us during such powerful vedic practices for a deep spiritual experience.
While festivities and ceremonies, paraphernalia and rituals can go on for our loving brotherly co-existence, and this exchange of love too heals and brings much bliss into our lives, yet the Source of wellbeing, be it the worldly or the ascetic way, lay hidden in conscious invocation, energizing and core connectedness of the heart in the midst of vedic chants, and then in silence.
...And thus the journey of the soul through yet another year has successfully begun with this Ganesh Chaturthi! We are now blessed and prepared to welcome the powerful vibes of Adi ParaShakti, the Supreme Primordial Spirit of Creation, who we will soon invoke as Goddess Lalitha Tripura Sundari and/or worship as Maa Durga in Her magnificent form.
I want to share a very resourceful website regarding Adi ParaShakthi, and other powerful universal divine energy invocations that anyone can connect with, meditate or chant for instant purification, like the highest Buddhist mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’...
Here’s wishing all of you one spiritual awakening after another through our annual ‘pujas’ coming up one after another until we come full circle with our yearly energy cleansing, revival and elevation when yet another year of inner evolution awaits us by way of Ganesh Chaturthi, 2018.