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HR 311.08 - 01
Understanding through Spiritual Discipline with Rituals and Prayers
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Lesson:
8- 01: Introduction - Principles of Rituals and Prayers
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Understanding of the Reality through Rituals and Nithya Karmas
 
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Bhaya Bhakthi or Mooda Bhakthi is the most common and basic form of Hindu religious practice. All devout Hindus usually perform several of these rituals and prayers that they learned as a family tradition from the elders in their house. Many of them do these even after leaning all the details and acquiring full knowledge.

Sometimes we hear questions from many friends if this blind worship is proper or no not. Many of them do not believe in traditions and the cultural practices too, looking for scientific proof everywhere. Often, we have a need to analyze the Truth about a Supreme Power in the universe that makes it all happen.

When the rationalists and atheists criticize those who believe in a Supreme force as God and explain a philosophy, it is quite understandable that there are people who do not want to blindly follow a path that they do not understand. We must understand and accept their feelings. But still, one must see if they really made an effort to study and understand such teachings and analyzed the facts in proper perspectives.

A chemical composition cannot be studied in a physics laboratory and a philosophy and theological study must be understood only with some basic understanding of those principles. You must start believing in what you study first. Even scientific works cannot be accepted blindly because someone told you so.

   

We often meet several good people who call themselves Spiritual, but then, they deny a place for any practice of these rituals and prayers. Some may think that knowledge alone will give them that understanding of Spirituality and the eternal Truth. We need to study the details of the practice of Karma rituals and Bhakthi Prayers and understand the meaning of what we practice. We need to understand the principles of what is taught by our sages and what we perform as the rituals. We need to study our ancient texts with understanding of the real meaning explained to us by a teacher.

Knowledge is Saraswathi, Intelligence is Savithri and Wisdom is Gayathri. We get knowledge with our Karma, Intelligence is given to us as Divine blessings and Wisdom is reached by our free-will. This will lead us to the Realization of Eternal Reality. As explained in the principles of the recitation of Gayathri Manthra [Surya Gayathri] we pray to Surya Deva - the Sun God - that with the knowledge from our studies to open up our intelligence by Divine grace and to gain the Supreme Wisdom to understand the Eternal Reality.

 

 

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Om ! Asatho' Maa Sath Gamaya - Thamaso' Maa Jyothirgamaya |
Mr.uthyo' Maa Amr.ruthamgamaya - Om! Saanthih Saanthih Saanthih: ||
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Lead me from the unreal to the Real - - From darkness (ignorance) to the Light (knowledge) |
- From death to Immortality. - Om Peace, Peace, Peace ||
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Chapter - 8: Realization of the Supreme with Rituals & Prayers ~Lesson - 01~
 
Lessons: - :~: 8- 01 :~: 8- 02 :~: 8- 03 :~: 8- 04 :~: 8- 05 :~: 8- 06 :~: 8- 07 :~: 8- 08 :~: 8- 09 :~: 8- 10 :~:
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