Qualities to be learnt from the substances used in Puja (Ritualistic worship)

A. To have constant bhav (Spiritual emotion) towards the Deities

The substances used in the ritualistic worship have constant bhav towards the Deities.

 

B. Feeling of gratitude

The substances used in the puja have constant feeling of gratitude towards the Deities with the thought that they have been given an opportunity to serve through the medium of puja as well as Arati (A ritual of waving a lit lamp in front of a Deity and Saints, accompanied by singing of hymns).

C. Intense desire to imbibe the Sattva component

The objects used in the puja have 100% intense desire to imbibe the Sattva component from the environment. That is why they are very dear to God.

D. Kshatravrutti (Attitude of a warrior)

The substances used in the ritualistic worship fight the Raja-Tama components and negative energies, if need be, in the subtle dimension. At that time by the grace of God various weapons are released by them.

 

E. Remaining constantly in satseva

All these substances do not move away from satseva even for a moment. They are forever ready to serve unto His Holy feet.

 

F. Offering everything unto the satseva of the Deities

Substances like the incense sticks, camphor and dhoop (Frankincense) can be used only once. In the course of satseva they offer everything at His Holy feet. Even the flowers are constantly in satseva till they wither.

 

G. Expansive thinking

All these substances, instead of keeping the received Sattva component to themselves, share it with others.

– (Through the medium of Ms. Madhura Bhosale, 16th January2005, 7.00 p.m.)

Articles related to puja,the proportion of benefit
conferred by them,the medium of purification and the body being purified

Component

Benefit (%)

Medium which purifies

Body which gets purified

1. Sindur (Vermillion) and raktachandan (Red sandalwood)

10

Touch

The physical body

2. Ashta-gandha

15

Smell

The physical body

3. Haldi (Turmeric)

15

Smell

The physical body

4. Camphor

20

Smell

The praṇa-deha (Vital body)
5. Bukka

25

Touch

The praṇamay-kosha (Vital energy sheath)

6. Kumkum

30

Divine Energy

The mental body and the praṇamay-kosha
7. Gandha (Sandalwood paste)

30

Touch

The mental body and the praṇamay-kosha

8. Chanting (Going from many to one chant)

100

At all levels at the same time

Allbodies and sheathsfrom outer andinner side

– A Scholar (Through the medium of Mrs. Anjali Gadgil, 2nd April 2007, 6.01 p.m.and 13th April 2007, 9.00 pm)

Reference : Sanatan’s Holy Text ‘What is the Importance of the Substances used in Ritualistic Worship ?’