Swamiji, you say please forgive ‘ksamasya’ at the end of every puja. From whom are you asking for forgiveness and for what reason? 🙏🏼🌺 We are asking God to forgive us for ending the worship. We recite the mantra with the mudra, picking up the flower from the yantra and putting it back to our […]
Shree Maa and Swami Satyananda invite everyone to join them online for Maha Shiva Ratri on March 11th, starting at 5:00 PM PST on our Zoom Broadcast which you can join by following this link: Join Maha Shiva Ratri Broadcast Not only will Shree Maa and Swamiji lead us in four Pujas throughout the night, […]
Step by step Puja instructions for the Beginner Shiva Puja Book The Shiva Puja “Pu” means merit, and “JA” means to give birth. Therefore, Puja is that which gives birth to merit. In our tradition, the highest merit is the privilege to sit in the presence of God. Puja is an ancient system of worship […]
In the Lalita Sahasranama Stotram, we sing the praises of the Goddess Lalita and her divine qualities. By chanting the names of Lalita, we are granted spiritual clarity and intense love for Divine Mother. The chanting of the Lalita Sahashranama, the Thousand Names of Lalita Devi, brings us great fruit. The Chanter becomes a shining light in […]
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Which deity is the Supreme Divinity? The Divine Mother or Father? How can one decide whether to dedicate all their efforts to propitiate the Divine Mother, Vishnu, Shiva, or Ganesha? The list of possibilities is so long! Please shed some light on this matter. The Divine Mother and Divine Father are inseparably connected; in fact, no […]
Why is Goddess Dhumvati depicted as the Goddess of misfortune, poverty, death, destruction, quarrels, or as being hungry and thirsty, etc? (The iconography is quite contradictory to all the other bejeweled and bedecked Goddesses one normally comes across in the Hindu pantheon.) Dhumavati is shown as the Goddess of misfortune, poverty, death, destruction, quarrels, or […]
Do Gurus see the faults of the disciples when they come to their shelter? What pre-requisites does a guru require in a student? Do they offer guidance to the saint & sinner alike? Can anyone come to the Gurus basically? Sometimes I feel, not enough, why do they still keep shining their grace on me? […]
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~~OM~~ Questions About Transmuting Sexual Energy, the transcript of which can be found at https://www.shreemaa.org/transforming-sexual-energy-1/ Please visit the link for the exact technique! Click here for Talk on Sexual Energy What is meant by “contracting the muscles of the heart”? It means to expand your chest cavity to its maximum by contracting the muscles of […]
” Bathing has special importance in our spiritual tradition. Not only do we take a bath or shower before worship at the altar, but we also offer a series of baths to the deity during puja. Let us learn about the best way to bathe before worship, there are specific instructions that we should follow […]
I am interested in Kali kavacha construction. In the Kali Kavacha from the Kali Puja book, before the phalashruti, it refers to writing the mantra using Kasturi, Chandana, and kumkum on bhojpatra. When it says mantra what exactly is it referring to? Is it a part of the kavacha, the navarna, or some other mantra?” […]
In the Laxmi Puja, the Nine Durga section, we worship the Nine Durgas. I am curious about why we include this in an elaborate Laxmi Puja. The Nine Durga Puja is a formula for success towards any goal which we define. Our goals are what we value, our values are our wealth, it is appropriate […]
What’s the difference between a puja for a male deity and a puja for a female deity (such as Shiva/Durga)? In my opinion, we all agree that there is one God/Goddess with a multitude of names. These names are indicative of the various attributes which we describe to God/Goddess. Even though, we know that She/He […]
Does attachment bring inefficiency? If so, what is the process which brings this phenomenon? What has Sri Krishna taught us about this? “A quote from the Gita clarifies Krishna’s teaching on inefficiency”: “karmany akarma yah pasyed akarmani ca karma yah sa buddhiman manusyesu sa yuktah krtsna-karma-krt~ Bhagavad Gita, 4.18” “One who sees inaction in action, and […]