Sacramental Worship, or Puja

Meditation is Divine Communion experienced through the relinquishment of bodily activity and outward attention. The practice of “puja”, or ecstatic worship, is the bodily active counterpart to meditation.

The various forms of puja enacted in Adidam involve the waving of lights and incense, devotional gestures, full prostrations, devotional chanting, and recitations from the Teaching of Avatar Adi Da. A formal puja (called “Ruchira Avatara Puja”) is performed every day, generally in the morning.

Through the practice of bodily worship, Avatar Adi Da’s Spiritual Blessing is Invoked and Magnified in both the physical space and in the hearts of those present.

The simplest form of worship of Adi Da Samraj is called “the sacrament of universal sacrifice”:

1) When you first approach a formal sacred space or occasion, you bow to Avatar Adi Da Samraj or His Image and offer a gift of some kind (for example, a flower, leaf, or piece of fruit).

2) Before you leave, you receive “prasad”, which is some kind of water, fruit, or other edible item that has been infused with Avatar Adi Da’s Blessing.

This exchange is a ceremonial enactment of the relationship with Avatar Adi Da—which is always about surrendering the separate self in devotional worship and receiving His Blessing in return.

In The Only-By-Me Revealed and Given Way Of The Heart (or Way Of Adidam), A Sacramental Act (Of Any Kind) Is A Special Sacred Performance. That Act Is The “Opposite” (or, Really, The Complement) Of Meditation—In The Sense That, while Meditation Involves Intentional Transcending Of bodily Consciousness In Devotional Communion With Me, The Sacramental Act Intentionally Includes bodily Consciousness In A Kind Of Rapturous, Artful Enactment Of Devotional Communion With Me (Wherein You Must Constantly Maintain attention In The Context Of the body and its relations—but In The Manner Of A Sacred Performance, and Not In casual, conventional Terms).

—Avatar Adi Da Samraj

The Dawn Horse Testament Of The Ruchira Avatar


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