Baba Muktananda's Mahasamadhi
Exposition on Guru Puja
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I am grateful to Swami ji for this exposition. I experienced satsang as I engaged with it this morning. For me, puja to my beloved Guru celebrates the love and the yogic fire that she awakens within me. The practice of puja reminds me that her divine light and my own light are one.
 

Ostuni, Italy

Thank you, Swamiji, for sharing your knowledge of puja in such a beautiful way.

Since I began practicing Siddha Yoga, I have felt so fortunate that I can access the ancient exquisite language of offering gratitude and recognition to divinity. This is one of the most amazing gifts that I have received from Gurumayi: puja—a sacred way to relate to God, a practice that helps me dissolve boundaries between me and my Beloved.

In the alchemy that takes place, many times it feels as if the arati tray is moved by invisible hands, as if love is moving the tray. As the years go by I have come to recognize myself as one of the "puja items," so the ritual really begins with clearing my mind and looking my best: ready and available for the moment of Oneness.

I thank our beloved Gurumayi with all my heart for this treasure.

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

I have just experienced the sweet and sacred practice of Guru puja. With a beginner's mind, I followed Swami Shantananda's instructions step by step, savoring each blessed moment. From cleaning my puja and preparing myself—by bathing and applying Lakshmi oil—through offering my prayers and sitting quietly before my puja, each step moved my heart in a powerful way. A deep longing arose to open my heart even more, to experience its fullness, and to receive the fullness of the Guru's grace. Waves of love and devotion washed over me. I now have a deeper understanding of how gazing at the Guru's image and the Guru's padukas is receiving darshan.

Thank you so very much for teaching us to understand what we have access to in our own homes to strengthen and deepen the sacred bond of love with the Guru. This is the most wonderful, the most meaningful university I could possibly be participating in!  

a Siddha Yogi from Perth, Australia

Recently, I performed puja to the Guru’s padukas that my family and I have in our home. After completing the puja, I sat in front of the padukas to have darshan. Sitting there at my Guru’s feet, I experienced the fragrance of the meditation oil that I had used to adorn the padukas suffuse my entire being with nectar.
 
Imbibing this nectar, I bowed to the padukas and experienced the light of my own heart flowing into the ocean of Consciousness and becoming an infinite expanse of golden luminosity.
 
Later I wondered, “Why is this fragrance so nectarean?” I have been contemplating this question in light of Swami Shantananda’s letter about the practice of puja to the Guru. The insight I received from my contemplation is that when the Guru’s grace and the disciple’s love for the Guru merge through the act of worship, what would otherwise simply be a fragrant oil becomes an offering through which to imbibe the supreme nectar of the Guru’s sandals.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA