Significance of Vedic Puja
By Vedic Puja, we mean the manner and method described or mentioned in the divine Vedas. Vedic puja is commonly observed in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and even Sikhism. The combination of all Vedic pujas performed is Santana (disciple). The method of praying to connect with God is completely different and is described in other blogs.
Here the writer describes the do’s and don’ts while performing the Vedic puja and its importance
Preparing for Vedic Puja
Devotees must prepare themselves before puja begins. A clean body and a calm mind are prerequisites for sitting in the puja. it’s good to calm your mind by practicing meditation and pranayama (before starting puja) and prepare your mind for puja as a way to meditate. A sensible vegan diet is recommended not to force the stomach to digest heavy food when getting ready for puja. Only a healthy body can have a healthy mind. Fasting is a good way to start puja, but it’s not mandatory.
Vedic Priest and acquaintance
The devotee should arrange for a qualified priest (not only by background but also by karma and knowledge) who only helps the devotee to perform puja according to the Vedic scriptures. If the devotee has a vast knowledge of puja methods, then the puja can be accomplished alone and the same is most desirable.
Devotees should be physically, mentally, and spiritually ready to receive spiritual energy by performing Vedic rituals. Each mantra recited during the puja creates a reverberation and gives way to a stream of spiritually inclined energy that the devotee feels directly at the puja. The priest and devotee can together recite sacred mantras to meditate on Brahma if he knows how to read them properly, otherwise, he has to keep silent and in the meditation phase to receive a stream of divine energy.
Vedic Puja is only spiritual, not extravagant
Today, it is seen that Vedic puja is celebrated as a social status or a symbol or with ulterior motives. However, in the Vedic scriptures, it is mentioned that the sole motive of puja should be the spiritual welfare of all mankind, creatures, the earth, and the universe regardless of man-made religions, man-made caste, creed, color, social status, etc. Devotees should only think about the main purpose of this puja and should welcome the puja in a relaxed mood with family and friends.
A devotee is expected to perform Vedic puja in the most natural way and completely ignore the lavish offer offered to it. All materials used in puja must be of good quality (the ones we use in our daily life). while the Yagya (sacrificial ceremony) is celebrated, special attention should be paid to the things we use at hom such as pure cow butter, honey, milk, and other supplies.
There are no bad feelings or actions during puja
Vedic Puja does not encourage any form of violence, animal sacrifice, or competition. In the above situation, the purpose of the puja should not be lost. So the devotee must clear his mind on that. Devotees should welcome everyone to their puja, regardless of status, caste, creed, order, or man-made religion. During aarthi (in which light from a wick soaked in ghee (pure butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities), people are invited to join the puja by holding and saying respect to the aarthi.
The vedic offering of Prasad or Bhog
After completing the Puja Prasada (religious offerings) should be distributed to everyone. Prasada after completing the puja is distributed to participating devotees as a mark of courtesy and respect. Moreover, it is considered an aashirwad (blessing). Vedic puja is an opportunity for every devotee to meditate and be connected with their deity without fear.
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