Worship

08/13/2011 Comments Off on Worship

WORSHIP

 

Definition:
1. religious adoration: the adoration, devotion, and respect given to a deity
2. religious rites: the rites or services through which people show their adoration, devotion, and respect for a deity
3. great devotion: great or excessive love, admiration, and respect felt for somebody or something
[ Old English weortscipe “condition of worth” < weorth “worth”]

“The best worship of God can be performed by the mind. There is no need of instruments and implements for performing a puja (worship). The purpose of worship is to understand the mind, to understand the truth. The final benefit or loss will be caused by the mind. Mind is the seed that gives birth to the tree of action.” – Sant Tukaram

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“He, who performs the sacrifice in the fire, offers grains to the flames of
the fire. He doesn’t burn the aversions and cravings of his mind that
he ought to have burnt. He is becoming tired unnecessarily instead of
mediating on Panduranga. He who writes a lot of religious books for the
sake of recognition in the society, forgets to meditate on the God. He
who goes on the pilgrimage or undertakes penance raises his ego. He who
donates money, gives away the wealth but adds to his ego. Tukaram is of
the opinion that all these persons have missed the essence of worship
and are doing something not conducive for the dharma.”- Sant Tukaram

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“The aspirant gradually begins to feel that the Lord he worships is in the idol, in the hearts of all creatures and in the names and forms of all in this universe. He begins to feel His presence everywhere. – Swami Sivananda

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