PRANA PRATISHTA


The process of worship in Hinduism invariably involves the use of 3 basic techniques, namely the mantra, the tantra and the yantra. Symbolically, they represent the 3 basic spiritual paths of Hinduism, made hugely popular by the teachings of Sri Vasudeva Krishna in the famous Bhagavad Gita. The mantra symbolically represents the use of Jnanamarg, the path of knowledge, the tantra of Bhaktimarg, the path of devotion, and the yantra of Karmasanyasmarg or the path of detached action. Unless these three are present in some form or combination, the worship is incomplete.


Images of a deity are just a symbolic representation of an aspect of eternal Truth which must be energized by Prana Pratishta.

Prana means universal life force , Pratishthan means establishing

An idol is just a piece of art depicting Godís form. The idol becomes godly only after prana pratishta.

THE PRATEESHTA RITUAL AIMS AT BRINGING THE UNMANIFEST NIRGUNA BRAHMAN TO A MANIFEST FORM SAGUNABRAHMAN IN THE MURTI (DEITY), GIVING ENERGY AND ATTRIBUTES,FIT FOR WORSHIP AND ENDOW VIGRAHAS WITH DIVINE POWERS.

THE USE OF MANTRA :

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A mantra is an invocation, containing a sacred syllable or set of syllables. when a mantra is uttered with specific rhythm, with sincerity of devotion and purity of thought and action, and with phonetic and grammatical accuracy, in a manner prescribed by the scriptural injunctions of the vedas or some authoritative scripture,

THE USE OF TANTRA :

tantra is the systematic use of the body and the mind as the physical instruments of divine realization.

THE USE OF YANTRA :

A Yantra is the use of certain external objects, symbols or some mechanical means to worship the divine. The act of folding of hands in front of the deity is but a kind of yantra only.

"Consecration is a live process. It is like this, if you transform mud into food, we call this agriculture. If you make food into flesh and bone, we call this digestion, integration. If you make flesh into mud, we call this cremation. If you can make this flesh or even a stone or an empty space into a divine possibility, that is called consecration"

By injecting life energy, you can make a physical form into a divine force. Says Sadguru

The real pratishta of our deity must take place within our heart with sincere prayer and devotion.


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