Each morning for many years, I have performed guru-puja
before meditation, using many of the elements Swami ji describes. But reading this exposition has reminded me that the most important element in puja
is "the feeling and the awareness with which we perform worship.”
After I read Swami ji’s words, I formed the intention that in the future I would perform puja
much more consciously, remembering to offer my outer actions with “devotion, respect, and reverence,” and with an awareness of oneness with the Guru, with the divine. Then, holding this intention, I went to my meditation room and offered puja
before the Guru’s picture. As I did this, I experienced the sweetness and power of this practice, feeling the Guru’s shakti
and feeling the boundary between worshiper and the one being worshiped dissolve.
I’m so grateful for this very inspiring exposition.
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA