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Ramana Maharshi Opinion About Rituals And Pujas
« on: June 02, 2010, 01:02:20 PM »
5-1-46 Afternoon

A visitor asked Bhagavan, “Priests prescribe various rituals and pujas and people are told that unless they properly observe these with fasts, feasts, etc., sin will accrue, and so on. Is there any necessity to observe such rituals and ceremonial worship?”

Bhagavan: Yes. All such worship is also necessary. It may not be necessary for you. But that does not mean it is necessary for nobody and is no good at all. What is necessary for the infant class pupil is not necessary for the graduate. But even the graduate has to make use of the very alphabet he learnt in the infant class.He knows the full use and significance of the alphabet now.

The same visitor asked, “I do Omkara puja. I say ‘Om Ram’. Is that good?”

Bhagavan: Yes. Any puja is good. ‘Om Ram’ or any other name will do. The point is to keep away all other thoughts except the one thought of Om or Ram or God. All mantra or japa helps that. He who does the japa of Ram, for example,becomes Rama-maya.The worshipper becomes in course of time the worshipped. It is only then that he will know the full meaning of the Omkar which he was repeating.



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Re: Ramana Maharshi Opinion About Rituals And Pujas
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2010, 09:43:15 AM »

For seekers in initial stages, Bhagavan Ramana always recommended
continuation of rituals, pujas and other dharmas of the caste.  Once
when Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni's son came with a long hair and
not forming a tuft, Bhagavan Ramana asked him:  As the tradition-
bound Nayana's son, should you not have a tuft of hair?  The
Muni's son felt ashamed and came next day with a tuft of hair
and the front portion of the head fully shaven.

In fact, He also told M. Sivaprakasam Pillai (in those days even
people other than brahmins used to have tuft of hair), when the
latter came fully shaven, like a sannyasi:  "Why do you leave
your kula acharam?  (the family practices).  It may cause problems.  M. Pillai came after some time, with a regular tuft of hair as he
had used to have before.

He never discouraged pujas and worships and mantra japas for
the initial seekers.  He did not even suggest changing to new
mantra etc.,  Once when someone came and asked Bhagavan
whether he could change his daily chanting to Ramana, Ramana,
instead of Rama, Rama as was done hitherto, Bhagavan Ramana
disapproved such changes saying that Rama and Ramana are one
and the same.

Arunachala Siva.