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Understanding the Aarti Ceremony

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Understanding the Aarti Ceremony

Aarti is performed with a lighted lamp that we wave in clockwise circling motion to illuminate the entire form of God’s image. While rotating the lamp, we do mental or loud chanting of God’s names and behold God’s beautiful image in our eyes. Our minds are focused on every limb of Lord as it is lit up by the moving lamp. It amounts to an open-eyed meditation on the beauty and glory of God. The singing, clapping, ringing bells and blowing sea-shells (शंख SHANKHA) show our joy and happiness on this auspicious occasion.  
At the end of Aarti, we place our hands over the flame and gently touch our eyes and top of the head. By doing this, we pray to Lord to light up our vision with wisdom and make our thoughts noble and beautiful.  

SINGING GLORY OF GOD

After puja we sing bBhajans of God’s glory like ‘Jai Jai Ram, Jai Siya Ram’ or ‘Jai Govinda, Jai Gopala’. God’s glory is immense and beyond human comprehension. It is infinite and eternal. We say Jai-Jai to God to express our gratitude and to seek inspiration for purifying our hearts.

WHY DO WE SAY SHANTI (PEACE) THREE TIMES?

Everyone desires happiness in life. Where there is peace, there is happiness. We chant SHANTI (शान्ति peace) three times to express our intense desire for peace. As per the saying ‘trivaram satyam’, it is believed that anything which is said thrice is likely to come true. It may probably be one reason why in a court of law a witness is asked to say ‘I shall speak truth, the whole truth, nothing but truth’.
The number three has a special significance in Hinduism. There is holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva).  Lord Shiva is a three-eyed (त्रि नेत्र TRINETRA or TRIYAMBKAM) deity. His trident (त्रिशूल TRISHUL) is a three pronged weapon. There are three operating principles of nature  (गुण GUNAS):  (सत्व SATTVA), (रजस RAJAS) and (तमस TAMAS). The most sacred symbol in Hinduism, Om (ॐ AUM), has three letters: A, U, M. There are three states of consciousness: waking, dream and dreamless deep sleep. Three yogas explained in Bhagvad Gita are: Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Karma Yoga. We should be noble in three things: Thought (मन MAN), word (वचन VACHAN) and deed or action (कर्म KARMA). The three (लोक LOKAS) mentioned in Gayatri Mantra  are: higher (स्वर्ग SWARGA), lower (नरक NARAKA) and earth (पृथ्वी PRITHVI).
We chant shanty three times to pray for happiness and protection from all obstacles in life. It is chanted loud for the first time for seeking protection from the power of nature causing floods, earthquakes, volcano eruptions etc. It is chanted more softly a second time to seek protection from the forces present within us or outside, causing accidents, pollution, financial losses, crimes etc. The third chanting is the softest for seeking protection from various problems of our body and mind, such as diseases, anger, lust, greediness, etc.

PRADAKSHINA  (CIRCUMAMBULATE)

At the end of puja, if performed in a temple, we do perambulation (प्रदक्षिणा PRADAKSHINA) by walking around the around sanctum sanctorum. By doing this, we recognize the need for God to be at the center-stage of our life. If puja is performed at home, we may do pradakshina by going around ourselves, with folded hands. By doing this, we remember God within us. We pray that we should never forget God and live our life by making God as the focal point of our existence.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012 20:13

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Das Lakshan Daily Pooja Schedule

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Das Lakshan , or the 10 Auspicious codes of conduct, is a festival of forgiveness. It is a time for Jains to contemplate their actions and how they may have affected others. It's a time to evaluate and make changes in one's life.

There are many prayers associated with Das Lakshan to be performed on different parts of this 10-day period. We've made this convenient chart to help you remember which morning poojas to perform on which day. Check back daily as we add more!

Days 1-5 Day 6 Days 7-8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11

Vinay Paath

Pooja Prarambh

Dev Shastra Guru Pooja

Solah Kaaran Pooja

Panch Meru Pooja

Das Lakshan Pooja

Mahaa Argh

Shanti Paath

Visarjan

Vinay Paath

Pooja Prarambh

Dev Shastra Guru Pooja

Solah Kaaran Pooja

Sugandh Dashmi Pooja

Das Lakshan Pooja

Mahaa Argh

Shanti Paath

Visarjan

Vinay Paath

Pooja Prarambh

Dev Shastra Guru Pooja

Solah Kaaran Pooja

Das Lakshan Pooja

Mahaa Argh

Shanti Paath

Visarjan

Vinay Paath

Pooja Prarambh

Dev Shastra Guru Pooja

Solah Kaaran Pooja

Ratanatraya Pooja

Das Lakshan Pooja

Mahaa Argh

Shanti Paath

Visarjan

Vinay Paath

 Pooja Prarambh

 Dev Shastra Guru Pooja

 Solah Kaaran Pooja

Ratanatraya Pooja

Anant Vrat Pooja

 Das Lakshan Pooja

Mahaa Argh

Shanti Paath

Visarjan

Vinay Paath

Pooja Prarambh

Dev Shastra Guru Pooja

Solah Kaaran Pooja

Ratanatraya Pooja

Kshmaavanee Pooja

Das Lakshan Pooja

Mahaa Argh

Shanti Paath

Visarjan

Don't forget to  forgive and ask for forgiveness from friends and family.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 05:37

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