The way a pooja is performed varies depending on ones family, regional and traditional back ground. There is nothing like correct or wrong method. Do a pooja as per ones capability and convenience (Yatha shakti). Doing it with faith is what really matters.
Rituals/Ceremonies are to assist us and make our life/events enjoyable. We should not become slaves to rituals.
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A ritual is a set of actions, performed as per the traditions of a community. In a ritual or ceremony, many people meet. This interconnectedness encourages us to share the truth of our situation and share that experience with others.
External rituals are meant to create the internal visualization like offering a coconut into fire is symbolic of surrendering one's head or ego. Rituals are not universal, but may be similar. The method of performing the rituals slightly varies from region to region. But the essence of the ritual is the same.
God does not need our prayers or rituals, We need them. These activities will help us to build communities.
Gods/Goddesses represent nature or abstract concepts like learning, wealth and so on.
Effective Pooja for Saraswathi is to educate or provide skills to needy to make a living. To make illiterates literate.
|Category||Object of worship or veneration or reverence|
|Physical||Natural forces like Agni (fire); Varuna (water); Indra (rain). Super beings and objects like huge trees, mountains, powerful animals.|
Great men, heroes, prophets, ancestors
|Mental or abstract||We are sure all this exists, but can not be described in terms of physical laws. Life force (prana), consciousness in the individual; Mental states like happiness, anger; Satyam (truth), Laxmi (wealth), Saraswathi (Knowledge), Yama (death)|
|Unknown or beyond explanation||Spirits (ancestors and other natural); soul (atma); creator of the universe (Paramatma); [Prayer: "God if there is one, save my soul if there is any"]|
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This prayer project started in 1996-97 by sharing prayers electronically using geo cities web sites. Panchanga program for NZ and some documents were used by auckland temple group, during 1997.
GeoCities was created by David Bohnett and John Rezner in 1994.
There were font and display issues and UNICODE was in earlier stages of development. Now browser support for Indian languages is very good. Starting with few slokas/prayers, over time, many documents were added to this web site. For last 20 years, these prayer pages were hosted on dedicated private server.
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