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Transcript of HINDU ASMITA
Why do we do Puja?
'puja' comes from the Sanskrit work 'puj,' meaning to worship or to adore.
nitya puja is a prayer ritual performed every morning by Hindu devotees.
a devotee can communicate with God during their puja and convey one's concerns and feelings directly to God
during puja, devotees of Bhagwan Swaminarayan meditate on His divine form and their atma, acknowledging that their existence is separate from the body.
beginning each day in this manner spiritually prepares one's mind for the stress associated with daily tasks.
Why do we follow a vegetarian diet?
rishis & sages of ancient India recognized that importance of a pure diet
they studied the effects of diet on a person's: thoughts, actiong & atma
for Hindus, the root of vegetearianism is vested in the principle of ahimsa: not causing any pain to any living being at any time through one's mind, speech & actions
"purity of diet purifies the antahkaran. a purified antahkaran stabilizes the mind which aids meditation, and after mastering meditation, the base instincts (swabhavs) are instantly eradicated." - Chandogya Upanishad (7.62.2)
Is it not considered hinsa (violence) to cut plants?
there are jivas in plants, but they are categorized in the lower strata of life forms.
meaning, it has not yet developed a conscience and emotions that animals and humans have.
furthermore, a man needs to sustain himself so the Vedic scriptures have sanctioned that a vegetarian diet amounts to no sin or hinsa.
Why can we not eat onion & garlic as Swaminarayan Satsangis?
onion and garlic are plants which have a very strong smell (ugrah gandhi vanaspati).
this smell gets emitted from the mouth, sweat and the atmosphere around people.
onion and garlic are also known as tamasic ahar.
meaning, that characteristics such as laziness, sleep, moh and others are prevalent in ones' life. A person with the following characteristics can never walk on the right path. We do not eat onions and garlic to stay away from maya.
How should we greet one another?
the Hindu 'namaste' is a sign of respect for the other person's atma
it is bowing down to the Paramatma or Bhagwan that resides in everyone's atma
performing namaskar naturally makes one humble
Why do you bow down to one another?
bowing down and touching feet is known as charan sparsh.
this is Sanatan Dharma’s ritual of respect and reverence for sadhus, elders, or individuals your age and younger.
it also represents humility and eliminates the sense of there being a status or hierarchy amongst one another.
What is Aarti?
the symbolic waving of a lighted divo in a clockwise motion in front of Bhagwan's murti
symbolizes the removal of darkness by true spiritual enlightenment
in ancient times, they did not have Electricity!
little light reached inside the mandir where the murtis were placed
the only way to have darshan was from the light cast from the divo
Why do you observe fast?
devout Hindus fast on Ekadashi (every 15 days in the month) & on other holy and festive days.
they fast to please God, control their senses and atone for sins.
it can be observed at different levels regarding food/water intake. S
spiritually, fasting facilitates mental proximity to God by withdrawing the senses from material objects.
it also evokes feelings of gratitude and humility for God and all that He has given to us.
physically, it gives rest to the digestive system and detoxifies the body.