During pada puja to the satguru's feet, we offer all that is precious to the One.
The bees collect watery nectar from a million flowers and in the hive's dark chamber patiently concentrate it into honey. In offering honey to the guru's feet, the world of insects worships the One.
The cow grazes far pastures gleaning a million blades of grass, then condenses it into milk. In offering milk, the animal world worships the One.
The sandalwood tree reaches high into the air and deep into the Earth, issuing forth a million leaves, all to gather the scented treasure in its heartwood. In offering sandal paste at the guru's feet, the world of plants worships the One.
The Earth assembles the elements in discrete places, water into streams, air into the blanket of life-giving gases, fire as plasmic presence in all things material. In offering ashes, water, air and fire, the physical elements worship the One.
Devotees gather the diluted fluid called experience, and from a million drops of it, removing the dross and the dregs, distill the liquid life into love and knowledge. In offering these to the guru's holy feet, mankind worships the One.
Yet, all is but one. The one that seems individuated worships the One that is and is in all things.
Jai to Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, and to gurus here, there and everywhere!
Prostrations to Satguru Bodhinatha’s Holy Feet. Thank you so much for these beautiful pictures and insightful explanation on Guru Bhakti.
” To contemplate the form of one’s own Guru is to contemplate infinite Siva. To sing the glory of the Guru’s name is to sing the glory of infinite siva. I worship the Lord Guru, even a few particles of dust from whose feet form a bridge across the ocean of the world.” Guru Gita.
Jai Satguru !!!!
We are so blessed to have the presence of a Satguru in our life.
Jai Satguru Bodinatha Veylanswami !!!!!
Thinking about the relevance of the Guru in our beloved relgion and life, is so overwhelming, is so evident that is so, so, so, so so important in so many levels..
Postrations to the holy feet of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. !!!!!
Treat the guest as God; the guest's heart is more sensitive than the most sensitive flower. If we generously give to others, we will attract more wealth in this and future lives. Siva's followers serve holy men, honor elders, help each others families and grow together in Godliness. Giving to a temple builds punyam; you are helping the temple help humanity. "Charities merit cannot be measured by gifts given, it is measured by measuring the receiver's merit."
We need to perfect Ishvarapujana, personal worship, before we can expect to do really well in meditation. "The idea of Ishvarapujana, worship, is to always be living with God, living in Siva in God's house..." Learn the spirit of the puja, learn the spirit of devotion, get deeply into worship in the home. During puja, we're giving prana and devotional energy to the Deity; we receive blessings in return. God isn't living in your house, it's God's house and you are living in it.
The three stripes of vibhuti across the forehead signify trying to purify ourselves from the influence of anava, karma and maya. There are two ways we're attached to the world, that which gives us pleasure and pain. We're slowly changing our karma over a period of many lifetimes through wise action in the present. With humble action we work on lessening the ego-sense rather than enhancing it.