Sep 24, 2008

Amma

So I suppose that I am not gonna make any friends today because I am gonna complete an opinion post about a service that is offered through a website about Amma. The information below is from a link at the site about Amma. One of the services offered is puja. A link at Amma takes one to Amrit Puja website which provides some of the information noted below.

Amma's Birthday September 27, 2008
The following pujas will be performed:
- Mahaganapathi homa [5:30 - 6:30 am]
- Navagraha [6:30 - 8:00 am]
- Saraswathi Homa [8:00 - 9:30 am]
- Devi Puja [6:30 pm - 9:30 pm]
$500

Sep 30 - Oct 9, 2008
The following pujas will be performed:
- Durga Puja[6:30-8:0pm Sep 30-Octi 2]
- Mahalakshmi Puja[9:00-10:30 am Oct 3-5]
- Saraswathi Puja [8:00-9:30 am Oct 6-8]
- Mahanavami Durga Puja [6:30 pm - 8:00 pm]
- Vijayadashami Saraswathi Puja [8:00-9:30 am]
$350

Deepavali October 27, 2008
The following pujas will be performed:
- Ashta-Drivya Mahaganapathi homa [5:30 - 6:30 am]
- Special Devi Puja [6:30 pm - 8:00 pm]
$200

Guru Samkramana Homa December 9, 2008
(Guru enters Capricorn on 9th Dec, at 11:40 PM IST)
The following pujas will be performed:
- Mahaganapathi homa [5:30 - 6:30 am]
- Navagraha [6:30 - 8:00 am]
- Special Guru Homa [8:00 am]
$425

Trikarthika December 11, 2008
The following pujas will be performed:
- Mahaganapathi homa [5:30 - 6:30 am]
- Navagraha Homa [6:30 - 8:00 am]
- Kali Puja [8:00 - 9:30 pm]
$600


Christmas December 25, 2008
The following pujas will be performed:
- Mahaganapathi homa [5:30 - 6:30 am]
- Mahamrithyunjaya Puja [10:00 am - 12:30 pm]
- Rudrachamagam chanting
$350

New Year January 1, 2009
The following pujas will be performed:
- Mahaganapathi homa [5:30 - 6:30 am]
- Saturn, Jupiter, Rahu Homas [6:30 - 8:00 am]
- Durga Puja [6:30 - 8:00 pm]
$250

The rates for the pujas are a tad too much. I reckon there is a rationale behind these high rates. I am gonna to paste an excerpt from Amrit Puja site and my comments in italics.

Puja is ritualistic worship of the Divine performed to keep us in harmony with cosmic forces, thereby removing and overcoming the sorrows of life (aha now I am thinking about ordering a $500 dollar puja every month, online, there's a Mastercard for puja) and bringing spiritual upliftment. By doing puja, thoughts and vibrations of spiritual forces are created around us. These spiritual forces work to eliminate the negative influences in our life and help surround us with positive energy which can bring us peace of mind, material prosperity and enable us to more clearly touch the Divine, our true nature.

Pujas are traditionally performed in temples by residing priests trained in the exact science of puja including the precise details of auspicious times to do certain pujas, which mantras to chant, etc. An individual's vedic astrological chart determines which pujas and timings are best for that person, based on their karma from this life and previous lives (what, someone tell me the unit for measuring karma and yes, lets not forget to look into the exact and precise crystal ball that certain special priests will have and see our previous lives).

The periods when the results of our past actions, favorable or unfavorable, come to fruition are indicated by planetary positions at the time of our birth. A great deal about the events and influences of life can be predicted through the science of Jyotish (yeah, right). The malefic effects which are destined to befall us can be averted or their effects reduced by the grace of God, sincere prayer, selfless service and performance of specific pujas as recommended in the scriptures. The happiness we create in the lives of other people, and nature as a whole, will give us benefits as well. The body, mind and spirit are purified and harmonized by meditation, acts of devotion, prayers, mantra japa and the pujas we perform.

Its easy to cricitize and I don't know too much my own religion but someone tell me that you do not believe in this.

1 comment:

Gilligan Joy said...

Prayer works. Puja is a form of prayer. I have used prayer extensively for personal healing with great success. I have also received great blessings from chanting Om Namah Shivaya.

If you make the effort to pray or chant, you will reap the results. In my experience, praying or chanting for long periods of time is required to heal deeply rooted illnesses, but it is well worth the effort.