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Guru-puja
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I have been performing guru-puja for many years. It invariably calms my mind and transports me into a peaceful space of oneness, not only with my beloved Guru, but also with my own Self and with the Self of others. A sense of unity and blessings then flows with me throughout the day.
 
Thank you for this exposition, Swami ji.

Thank you, Gurumayi!
 

St. Laurent, Canada

Two nights ago I had a dream of Gurumayi where she helped me solve a problem that had been worrying me for months. In the dream, I felt so much thankfulness and joy in my heart, and I turned to a young woman who was next to me and asked her, “What must I do next?” She answered, "Now you must offer puja.

When I woke up I offered puja with a few elements I had available. I did not know exactly how to offer puja so I improvised. I am extremely grateful for the guidance in this exposition so I can now offer a more complete puja!
 

Akumal, Mexico

The understanding that the focus of my worship is the power of the Shakti, my own inner Self, has shifted my practice of puja. This is something I was longing for.
 

Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico

Before reading Swami Shantananda's exposition on guru-puja, I thought puja was simply an altar. I did not understand it as an awareness and state of mind that I can bring to my daily meditation.
 
I used to approach my meditation altar, bow, seat myself, and begin to meditate. Now I take time to pause as I silently invoke Gurumayi's blessings and grace for the day. And then I sit for meditation.
 
Creating a space for my awareness to become centered allows me to go deeper in meditation and shapes how I experience my day.
 

Missouri, United States

From studying this exposition, I have experienced new understandings about bhava and puja. I was familiar with the importance of the inner state while I perform seva, and now I understand that my inner state, my bhava, is also the essential element of performing puja.
 

Rosario, Argentina