Manasa Puja
Bhagavan Nityananda

A Dharana by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

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Bhagavan Nityananda's Samadhi Shrine in Ganeshpuri

Take a comfortable sitting posture.   

Become aware of your breathing. . .

Breathe in deep, breathe out long. . .
Breathe in deep, breathe out long. . .
Breathe in deep, breathe out long. . .

Gently close your eyes.

Visualize yourself standing outside of Bade Baba’s Samadhi Shrine in Ganeshpuri.
In both hands you are holding a puja tray laden with fragrant flowers.
There are gardenias, roses, and jasmine.

Also on the tray are a few other ingredients for the worship—sandalwood paste,
turmeric, kum kum, and grains of rice—as well as a coconut.

The chant Om Namo Bhagavate Nityanandaya is repeating
in your head and your heart.

Om Namo Bhagavate Nityanandaya!

Now, slowly walk up the four marble steps to the Samadhi Shrine,
one step at a time. As you come to the landing,
slowly make your way to the threshold.

Pause there. . . Allow your gaze to reach all the way
to the sanctum sanctorum of the Samadhi Shrine,
where Bade Baba’s golden murti is seated under a silver canopy.
With Bade Baba’s blessings, reverently enter the Samadhi Shrine.

With each step you take towards Bade Baba,
feel yourself become more and more suffused with Bade Baba’s immense energy.
Notice how your heart is becoming moist with the power of devotion.

As you walk the full length of the Samadhi Shrine, one step at a time,
the words of the chant Om Namo Bhagavate Nityanandaya
continue to sweeten your entire being.

You have now arrived in front of the silver padukas,
which rest on a tall marble stand right outside the sanctum sanctorum.
Approach these padukas with devotion and reverence.
These padukas impart the knowledge of Brahman,
the Absolute.

Remember, both your hands are holding a tray of offerings,
with which to worship Bade Baba in the sanctum sanctorum.

Gently bow your head and bring your forehead to the padukas.

Om Namo Bhagavate Nityanandaya

As you raise your head,
a Brahmin invites you to receive Bade Baba’s darshan.
Silently and reverently, enter through the silver gate into the sanctum sanctorum.

You are right in front of Bade Baba.

Become aware of your breath.
Easy breath inside; easy breath outside.

Behold Bade Baba’s gracious glance showering its light upon you.
What a blessed moment.
Bade Baba’s gaze is tender and serene.

Now is the time for the puja in which you make your offerings to Bade Baba.

Holding the puja tray on your left palm,
with your right hand, as gently as a butterfly alighting on a flower,
apply the sandalwood paste on Bade Baba’s feet.
Now apply the turmeric.
Now apply the kum kum.
Now place the grains of rice.

Now, pick up each gardenia and place it at Bade Baba’s feet.
Now the roses, one by one.
And now the jasmine blossoms.

On the tray, you still have one more item.
Offer the coconut with the tray at Bade Baba’s feet.

The Brahmin gives you a silver arati lamp.
Light it. Enjoy the magical flame.

Wave the arati lamp to Bade Baba.

Jaya Jaya Arati Nityananda!

Place the arati lamp on a stand nearby.

With your hands folded in front of you, offer your gratitude to Bade Baba.
The puja is complete.

The prasanna mudra on Bade Baba’s face is imprinted on your heart.
Prasanna mudra, joyful contentment.

Now it’s time for pradakshina.
You will be walking around Bade Baba’s golden murti.

Begin the pradakshina.
Walk in a clockwise direction, as the vibrations of the chant,
Om Namo Bhagavate Nityanandaya, dance in your being.

With every step you take, experience love and devotion for
Bade Baba permeating every cell of your body.
And with every step, you are more open to receive
Bade Baba's grace and blessings.

Remember––Bade Baba’s grace, Bade Baba’s light,
Bade Baba’s wisdom are the source of protection in your life.
Focus on pradakshina.

Now you have completed a full circle around Bade Baba and
you are standing in front of Bade Baba.
Behold Bade Baba’s gracious glance.
Always return to this connection with Bade Baba in your own heart.

Listen, the Brahmin has prasad, the blessed gift from Bade Baba, to give to you.
The Brahmin is giving you the puja tray,
which is now overflowing with Bade Baba’s prasad.

Look, the tray contains flowers that you offered at Bade Baba’s feet,
pieces of fresh coconut, and sweets.
This prasad is permeated with Bade Baba’s abundant shakti.

With humility, receive and accept this prasad,
a gift from beloved Bade Baba.

Place your right hand on your chest, and
offer your salutations to Bhagavan Nityananda.

Silently walk outside of the silver gate.

Take a seat in the spacious hall,
placing the tray of prasad down beside you.

Close your eyes.

Visualize Bade Baba in your heart.




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