Upanayanam is a sacred thread ceremony meant for boys after they attain the age of 8. But sometimes, it is lingered and celebrated before the marriage. It is the stage when a child is able to perceive the imparted knowledge and digest it thoroughly.
It is the wearing of a sacred thread that is to be worn till his death. The person gets entitled to receive enlightened spiritual education along with other arts and science knowledge. It is believed that a person becomes eligible to perform sacred rituals only on wearing this thread that is called as “yajnopavita”. The thread is worn to the child by his parents after purifying it through the chanting of mantras and performance of some rituals during the thread wearing ceremony performed with the guidance of the priest in the presence of relatives.
Bhagavad Gita is delivered to humanity by God himself as a guideline and solution for the everyday problems and doubts arising in their daily lives. It shows the path for reaching moksha or a state of bliss.
I think moksha is not a reference to our life after death. Most believe and associate moksha with other world life after the soul leaves our body. But, for me moksha is happiness, peace and bliss that we experience in this own present life.
It is attained by overcoming the selfishness attitudes and materialism of this materialistic world. Our own senses guide us wrongly through shortcuts to achieve physical pleasures of life and engage ourselves in selfish acts and materialistic pleasures. Thereby we ignore the human values and indulge in unhealthy practices hurting or embarrassing our own neighbours and weaker sections of society.
Bhagavad Gita has shown the path for attaining happiness and a peaceful state of mind by overcoming the 6 enemies of life, namely,- kama, krodha, lobha, moha, mada, matsarya – ie. by refraining from lust, anger, selfishness, attachment, ego and addiction.
- Three paths have been prescribed for overcoming these enemies of happiness in the Gita which are the paths of Devotion, Knowledge and Detachment.
- One can attain bliss through utter devotion and faith and loyalty in his actions.
- Or, he can seek wisdom and truth behind everything and thereby attain happiness and bliss.
- Otherwise, he can adapt the path of detachment and then also attain happiness and peace.
You may think it weird. What is Holy Water!!!
Yes, but most Hindus believe in it. There are Holy Rivers for us and “Holy Water” at special occasions of celestial happenings.
- River Ganga or Ganges is an Eternal Holy River for us since thousands of years.
- Similarly, the confluence of 3 rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati at a place known as Prayag near Allahabad city, North India is a holy place throughout the life.
- Then, there are rivers which attain significance during some specific occasions of celestial happenings periodically. It is believed that nectar from heaven falls direct into these rivers on those special occasions when a planet enters a specified zodiac sign for a certain period.
- You must have heard about Kumbh Mela that occurs every 3 years at one of the four places by rotation.at river banks in India. These four places and rivers are Haridwar on banks of Ganges river, Prayag (near Allahabad) at the confluence of 3 rivers as stated above, Nashik on the banks of Godavari and Ujjain on the banks of Shipra river. So each of these places celebrate one Kumbh Mela every 12 years..
So, when Nasik celebrates Kumbh Mela, all the other places on the banks of that river Godavari celebrate the occasion also. They are known as Godavari Pushkaralu in Andhra Pradesh.
This specific event is being celebrated presently (after a gap of 12 years) during 14/07/2015 to 25/07/2015 for 12 days during which millions of people are taking bath in the holy waters. All places are filled with devotees and roads are jam-packed with continuous overflow of vehicles. After taking dip in the waters, they go to nearby temples and thank go with prayers and then enjoy the occasion eating food under trees or at food restaurants specially opened at these places or on their way back home by the side of all highways.
You may view some more details about Kumbh Mela and Pushkaralu on the banks of all holy rivers in India at these following links:
I believe in God and naturally I got impressed and inspired by the post of Yor Ryeter titled “Can you see God?” on the blog “It takes 10k”.
I believe in God because all that we see and experience is the creation of God, which however gets tampered by human experiments and scientific advancements. But the base foundation has been provided to you by God. And each moment I witness this wonderful creation, I remember God and thank Him for all this.
Don’t you see in the above header image how beautiful and wonderful the creation of God is. He created the wonderful sky. He created the amazing oceans. He created the beautiful Nature with all its forests, mountains, lakes, trees, plants, flowers and what not. Is it all not enough to prove that God exists with all His wonderful powers?
But, if we want to see God, we must have the craving for Him. We must be able to understand and experience His greatness and existence through His wonderful deeds and creations. It requires lots of dedication, concentration and human effort and most importantly lot of patience and endurance. You should not be impatient and negative if He puts lots of tests to judge your honesty and dedication.
I believe and see God with my inner sense
- whenever I see the nature, sky or oceans and rivers.
- whenever I see the birds, animals and creatures.
- whenever I see a child
- whenever I see people of diverse nature living together
- whenever I encounter an act of love, kindness and generosity
- whenever I pray or meditate
- I see and feel Him at every moment of my life.
So, I would rather say, if you want to believe and experience God, keep faith and be honest in all your acts.
Please visit this blog which inspired me: https://ittakes10k.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/1-1528-of-10000-can-you-see-god/
One more related blog also impressed me. https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/jesus-loves-me-this-i-know/
In this post, I added some photographs of our Sunday spiritual/ meditational get-togethers started by our own community/ relatives. I have joined this since some weeks, and we plan to gather each Sunday at each one’s homes in rotation. These photos were taken on 05/07/2015 day time.
It’s a kind of one step towards living better by learning to meditate and indulge in spiritual knowledge.
During these gatherings, we start with worship and prayers to God reciting Vishnu sahasra namam ( a collection of hymns or slokas in Sanskrit language chanting 1008 names of God Vishnu) and some more hymns of God’s glory. Then we recite Hanuman Chalisa a prayer to “Hanuman” in 40 four liners. We believe that recitation of all these give strength and protection from evil forces and eternal bliss during life and afterlife also.
The old man adored with a shawl on his shoulders in the last photo (sixth image) is a great spiritual man aged 90 years who translated many works of saints from Sanskrit to our own language of Telugu.
Some devotional songs in classical music genre were also sung by the little girl in the 5th image.
These moments are being shared by me only for some sharing purpose to let you know about our culture.
How to perform Daily Puja or routine worship at your Home
I will explain how to perform puja at home as per Hindu traditions in simple manner according to your available time and facilities. But you should keep it a daily practice to make it bestow peace and happiness in your life and family. You may do it shortly for 15 minutes or long and detailed puja for more than one hour according to your facility.
- Before starting worship, you will light the oil lamp or deepam according to the Hindu customs. The lamps are generally made up of brass or pancha loha metal. Keep the lamps simple and small so that smoke will not occur.
- Change the cotton vattulu (or wicks) daily morning and fill the lamp holder with oil upto 75% or like that so as to prevent from overflowing of oil. Then light it with match stick.
- You may place two lamps on both sides of God. While placing so,one deepam will be placed towards east (towards Sun) and the other one towards North (for God).
- Wicks are generally lighted by combining two wicks into one which represents the the family or man- woman bondage. This brings harmony and happiness in family.
- After lighting lamps, you will chant the hymns or sloka of “Suklambara dharam” and then make the guru stuthi or paying respect to the tree of your gurus (teachers of family tree). It starts from the guru of your old ancestors till your present guru.
- Then, you will say all your hymns and slokas in praise of your Gods known as stothram. You can read or recite as many as you can according to your time or family traditions. Puja books are available at any shop of puja material.
- If you can afford, you may worship with flowers also.
- After worship and prayers are over, you will light the incense sticks and show round your Gods.
- After incense, show the light of the lamp towards God with your right hand.
- Now, offerings of food and fruits are made to God by showing the food and fruit with your right hand towards Gods’ mouth as if feeding Him.
- Last thing is lighting camphor and reciting arati lines or songs.
- Now, your puja is over and you can take the prasadam and offer to your family members also.
- Those doing Gayatri mantra daily will first perform the Gayatri puja by standing before Sun and then start the daily puja.