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Worship, Enlightenment and Peace
The greatest form of worship is service to mankind, as demonstrated by the activities of the Adhiparasakthi Trust and Amma's devotees. Other forms of worship are important as well and one of these is described below. However, it should not be considered any better or worse than other forms of worship which have been given to us by God.
Worship of God in the form of Supreme Goddess Adhiparasakthi is similar to Tantrism and Saktism. However, this worship is different from Tantric, Vedic, and other forms in a very important respect. Most Eastern spirituality is intended for enlightenment and transformation of the individual performing the worship, meditation, etc. The worship described below is intended for the enlightenment and salvation of mankind as a whole. Tantric teachings describe how it is possible for a single enlightened person to bring about worldwide enlightenment but it is not realistic. The Om Sakthi Movement strives to bring enlightenment through the collective efforts of many acting together. Instead of the worship being limited to a small group or single person, it frequently involves dozens, hundreds or thousands of people performing a huge velvi, or yagna.
These ceremonies harness the same Goddess Power used in Tantra, not for enlightenment of the individual but for the entire world. Because all living things are part of the same whole, the progression of mankind toward enlightenment leads not only to peace among man but harmony with nature. Thus, performing these ceremonies brings material benefits to those performing the ceremony, the place where the ceremony is performed, and even people far removed from it. Ceremonies can be performed for the home, temple, city, country and entire world. The Om Sakthi Movement is the first group to perform such large ceremonies for this purpose.
The form of worship practiced utilizes the power behind sounds and symbols. These material representations are used to focus the mind and body on Goddess Adhiparasakthi and our unity with Her. By doing this we can harness sakthi, divine power, for wonderful things.
|The first sound and the most powerful is 'om'. This sound is also spelled as 'ohm' or 'aum'. This is the sound that reverberates throughout the universe and is regularly used in meditation and yoga. Although repetition of 'om' is sufficient for worship, it is very difficult to say it repeatedly without your mind wandering. Mantras were written to help the mind stay focused on what is being said while still repeating the necessary sounds. They are concentrated expressions of sakthi.
|During pooja, statues, pictures and constructions are used as representations and recepticles for Goddess Adhiparasakthi. Although God dwells everywhere, including within ourselves, we have become so removed from God and unaware of our relationship that it is difficult to receive the benefits of this closeness. Creating and focusing on these symbols helps us to realize our unity with Her and through a form of positive feedback Her energy is drawn into the objects of our attention and provide great benefits for us.
|Symbols called yantras are also used as recepticles for Goddess Adhiparasakthi during pooja in a manner similar to the statues and such as above. The simplest of these yantras are called chakras. These are usually geometric drawings which are inscribed on the ground. Other yantras are constructed out of clay and mud and some of these called yaha gundams have fires burning within them for offering special materials for immolation.
|Fire is used in poojas for Goddess Adhiparasakthi in several ways. The most common use is in small lamps. Larger fires are used in the conduct of velvis for the offering of special woods and other natural items. The smoke from these fires purifies and heals.
By using many symbols arranged in a specific way along with Mantras it is possible to draw upon large amounts of spiritual energy and use this energy to help mankind and the world. However, if it is not done properly it can cause harm to those performing the worship. This is because other forms of energy may be attracted by the ritual and some of these will cause harm if they are allowed to do so. Even the desired spiritual energy itself will cause harm if not properly channeled. This is because we are normally so removed from this kind of power that we can not cope with it on our own. This is why such rituals are rarely performed anymore. Most people do not have the time, patience and expertise to risk such things.
Goddess Adhiparasakthi has said that if these rituals are performed to the best of a devotees ability and in Her name then She will protect them from harm if a mistake is made. This is being done because the world is in need of so much help at this time and we are being given the opportunity to help ourselfs.
|There are several different ceremonies which can be performed in worshipping Goddess Adhiparasakthi, from the simple pooja performed by an individual to large complex velvis involving hundreds or thousands of people and thousands of yantras, lamps, etc. We have provided a virtual prayer room for those devotees who would like a quick convenient spot for worship. You can enter through the link to the right.|
For those interested in learning more about tantra, the book Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy is highly recommended. It covers mantra, yantra, chakras, om and many other subjects.