Way of Worship
The path of attainment of the highest glories of spirituality begins through the practising of a disciplined lifestyle. It heightens ones awareness of the Divine. What makes something a “spiritual discipline” is that it takes a specific part of your way of life and turns it towards your Guru and eventually towards God. This facilitates access to the divine presence of ones Guru throughout the daily grind. Every sect offers their own unique way of life regulation. The body of discipline in regard to worship at the Ramashram contains a passage of rites and a number of observances and rituals.
Herein we would like to make available some key guidelines for spiritual upliftment in our Satsang, derived from the teachings of Param Pujya Lalaji Maharaj and Param Pujya Babuji Maharaj.
(Jigyasu is any person who has not fully embraced the sant mat and is still in pursuit of parmarth. He visits satsang on and off and is not a regular satsangee)
- While sitting on the bed, one should try to form visual images of ones Guru incarnate and bow before him for his blessings.
- One should recite the following prayer to ones Guru for wellbeing throughout the day.
- Start your daily activities such as bathing etc., simultaneously repeating any mantra such as, Om Ram, Ram Ram, Gayatri Mantra, Darud Sharif or any other shlok. This would soon metamorphose into a spiritual discipline that becomes a habit or regular pattern in ones life that repeatedly brings one back to ones Guru and opens you up to his Word.
- After completion of the essential morning activities, one should initiate the morning puja.
- While pursuing Puja, one should visualize the presence of ones Gurudev while reciting the Guru Vandana for morning. (Guru Vandana is published in the book “Puja Ki Vidhi” written by Dr. V.K.Saxena. This prayer is being practiced from the time of Lalaji Maharaj.)
- Thereafter one should commence a stint of meditation centring on the assigned mantras of ones Gurudev. Initiating stints should comprise of 15 minutes of meditation. Meditation, for us at the Ramashram, is the crux of all spiritualism, signifying the primary path to experiencing the Divine.
- The starting note of the evening puja should be a recital of the Guru Vandana, and succeeded by the rituals of the morning Puja.
(Abhyasee is any person who has embraced the sant mat fully and tries to follow the rules and regulations of satsang)
- Ideally, one should have a fixed time and place for puja. If time is not a constraint, one should try to coincide the rites of puja at the same time as ones Gurudev, extracting maximum assistance for ones entreaties.
- The abhyasee’s meditation should be extended to 30 minutes.
- A mala jaap for ones guru should succeed ones meditation. During the tenure of the Guru’s life the Jaap should be of Om, while after his death it should be of Om shanti. The idea of maala jaap or prayer beads is simple: a maala of beads is used to remind one to pray and keep track of prayer wherever one goes throughout the day.
- The life history of Buzurgs and their pravachans form a part of spiritual literature that should be perused during the evening puja.
- The concluding note should be a devoted maala jaap for at least one buzurg of our silsila. The roots of the word are in the way of life of a disciple, pupil or apprentice; one takes up such a way of life to imbibe the wisdom carried within it.
- Throughout the day whenever you have meals, dedicate it to your Guru and thank God for it. A necessary corollary to the enrichment of body and soul.
(Saadhaks are all those people who are regular satsangees and have got Diksha) A structured, committed approach to learning how to live spiritually………
In addition to what a jigyaasu and a abhyasee practices, a saadhak should also follow the rites enlisted below :-
- Wake up in the morning to greet the sunrise.
- After some practice and once completely eased into the cycle one should meditate ideally for at least an hour.
- A recital of the Shajra should conclude the puja. The shajra is published in the book “Puja Ki Vidhi” written by Dr. V.K.Saxena.
- Throughout the routine activities of the progressing day, one should try to reflect upon the sayings and proverbs of ones Guru from time to time and most idle time should be utilised in jaap. The pleasing and inspiring presence of ones Guru should reside in ones mind throughout, banishing all redundant thoughts.
- Prior to sleeping, one should medidate for at least 5 minutes while sitting on your bed and pray to Gurudev to forgive you of all the sins that you might have committed throughout the day, knowingly or unknowingly. One should try and feel the transcendence of the presence of ones Guru while sleeping.
- Always ensure that the food you are eating is of hard earned money. Eat simple food. One should always remember that these disciplinary practices are not tools of “magic or willpower”. They are tools of “surrender”.
We, at the Ramashram, believe that the path to unearthing the Divine will require a high tolerance for aloneness, and permanent quest. The santmat measures listed above will repeatedly call for the followers at Ramashram to accept challenges to every element of ones lived spirituality and will demand the utmost of us.
For any enquiry with regard to the above please contact Dr. V. K. Saxena personally.