First I would like to tell you about the meaning of Puja. There are two aspects. One is the aspect that you have got your own Deities within you inside. And these Deities are to be awakened within you. Deities are the different aspects of one God. So, on one side you have the Deities – is the aspects of God, which are all the time awakened. On the other side you have your own Deities, which are sometimes awakened, sometimes half awakened, sometimes sleeping and sometimes sick. So, you have to use two methods – one to please the Deities of God and to ask them to bless your Deities or to ask them to awaken your Deities.
So, by doing the Puja, means when you offer anything that you have got to offer, anything that you offer is, say flowers, if you want to offer flower to God you don’t have to speak anything, you have to just offer that, “This is for You”. Anybody can understand offering, means for that you don’t have to have even a tongue. Even if a blind man is there, if he wants to give you something, he can just give you like this. And that expression is sufficient for anybody to be convinced that he can offer it. You don’t have to say anything about it. So now, when you offer a flower to God, even if you don’t say a mantra, it is offered, all right, it’s given. But, whether it is accepted or not is a problem. But now, when you are a realized soul and you offer anything, it is acceptable to God, even if you don’t say anything.
But what about you – getting any reward out of it? After realization* when you offer anything to God He accepts, because it’s coming from a realized soul. So He accepts………Now, you do something symbolic which is very the essence, the principle of something, like flowers are the… they represent the principle of the Mother Earth. Now, so the symbolicism of all the things that we can offer to God has been meditated upon and has been found out. So, they use five things, called as Panchamruta, as we have here.
Because if you have hit the principle then you have really hit the whole. Because spiritual well-being is a total well-being. It’s not just partly that your material well-being or your physical well-being, or your emotional well-being, or your mental well-being, – it’s a total one, completely balanced into totality……..
(An extract from talk of H H Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi on Shri Ganesha Puja. Troinex, Geneva, Switzerland, 22nd August 1982. )
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