Jan 15, 2018

Transcendental Meditation Initiation Puja

TM Initiation Puja
Transcendental Meditation Initiation Puja
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi recalls visiting Kerala in 1955 and instituting the puja ceremony in order to teach meditation:-

'And now I remember when I begin to look into the past, what I, what happened. the first such thing happened somewhere in Kerala, where I went from Uttar Kashi to Kerala, dakshina [Hindi for 'south'] .. South India, and people wanted to learn this practice of meditation.

I thought: "What to do, what to do, what to do?" then I thought, "I should teach them all in the name of Guru Dev. I should design a system, a system of puja to Guru Dev."

And in that puja the reality came out, the reality of Guru Dev, the totality of Guru Dev and what it was:

"Gurur Brahma", the Creator, "Gurur Vishnur", the Maintainer

"Gurur Brahma", the Creator, "Gurur Vishnur", the Maintainer, the Administrator,

"Guruh Sakshat Param Brahma", totality of knowledge, totality of enlightenment.

"Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnur, Gurur Devo Maheshvarah", silence, "Shiva",

"Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnur, Gurur Devo Maheshvarah", "Shiva", silence, eternal Purusha.

"Guruh Sakshat, Param Brahma", transcendental "Brahma".

Totality of all, infinite diversity, that is the guru - "na guror adhikam*", "na guror adhikam" - "there is no one greater than guru", guru is everything, Creator, Maintainer, Sustainer, everything is the guru, the guru, the guru.

I formulated the puja to Guru Dev, I started through that instrumentality to transfer Guru Dev’s reality to the one who wanted to teach meditation [Maharishi himeself]. So what flowed was, totality of Guru Dev, flowed through the puja.'

- transcript of Maharishi speaking on 21st October 2007


Translation
PURIFICATION
Whether all places are permeated with purity or with impurity,
whosoever remembers the lotus-eyed Lord 
(Vishnu, Rama, Krishna) gains inner and outer purity.

INVOCATION
To Narayana, to lotus-born Brahma, to Vashistha, to Shakti and his son, Parashara,
to Vyasa, to Shukadeva, to the great Gaudapada, to Govinda, to Yogindra his disciple.
To his disciple Shri Shankaracharya, to his disciples Padmapada, Hastamalaka,
to him Trotakacharya, to Sureshwara 
(the writer of famous vaarttika's), to others, to our tradition of gurus, I bow down.
To the shruti ('that which is heard')smR^iti ('that which is remembered) and puraaNaanaM ('ancients' [stories]) - the abode of kindness,
I bow down to the feet of the Lord Shankar, emancipator of the world.
To Shankar Shankaracharya (Shiva), Keshava (Vishnu, Krishna), Badarayana (Veda Vyasa),
to the commentator of the suutrabhaashya 
(Brahma Sutras), at the feet of the lord I bow down again and again.
At whose door the whole galaxy of gods pray for perfection day and night.
Adorned by immeasurable glory, preceptor of the whole world, having bowed down at His feet, we gain fulfilment.
Skilled in dispelling the cloud of ignorance of the people, the gentle emancipator,
Brahmananda Saraswati, the supreme teacher, full of brilliance, on Him we meditate. 

 
puuja of 16 OFFERINGS

Offering invocation to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.
Offering a seat to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.
Offering a bath to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.
Offering a cloth to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.

Offering sandal paste to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.
Offering full unbroken rice to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.
Offering a flower to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.
Offering incense to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.
Offering light to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.
Offering water to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.
Offering fruit to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.
Offering water to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.
Offering betel leaf to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.
Offering coconut to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.

ARATI - OFFERING CAMPHOR FLAME
White as camphor, the incarnation of kindness, the essence of the world, the one who is garlanded by the Serpent King,
ever dwelling in the lotus of my heart, bhavaM 
(Shiva) together with bhavaanii (Parvati), I bow down.
Offering light to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.
Offering water to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.

'OFFERING FLOWERS WITH FOLDED HANDS'
guru is Brahma, guru is Vishnu, guru is the god Maheshwara (Shiva),
in the presence of the guru, the transcendental brahman
 (eternal), to him the blessed guru, I bow down.
The one who pervades the universe, by whom the animate and inanimate are manifested,
by whom his position is shown, to him the blessed guru I bow.
Blessed brahmanandam (Absolute Bliss), the giver of transcendental happiness, who is only knowledge personified,
beyond the universe 
[of opposites], one who is like the sky, the goal of 'That Thou art' etc.
The one, the eternal, steady without impurity, the one who exists as the witness of all intellect,
the transcendent without the three gunas, the true guru, to him I bow down.
With the application of the ointment of knowledge,
by whom the eyes are opened, to him I bow down to the blessed guru.

Offering a handful of flowers to the lotus feet of the blessed guru, I bow down.


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