Q: Should we worship GOD Ishwar or not? Why? After all He never forgives!
A: Ishwar should be worshipped and He alone should be worshiped.
It is true that by worship of Ishwar, you will not receive any shortcut pass certificate when you have actually failed. Only lazy and cheaters desire such unscrupulous means to success.
The benefits of worship of Ishwar are different:
- By worship of Ishwar one is able to understand Ishwar and His creation better.
- By worship, one is able to better understand His properties and adopt those in his own life. This enhances one’s personality, annihilates the source of future sins, encourages virtues of truth and compassion and comes closer to truth and bliss.
- By worship, one is able to hear ‘inner voice’ better and get constant clearer guidance from Him.
- By worship, one eradicates ignorance, gains strength and is able to withstand toughest challenges in life with confidence and aplomb.
- Ultimately, one is able to remove ignorance completely and achieve Moksha or salvation with ultimate bliss.
I would like to add one more reason for worship.
– Ishwar has done so much for us and continues to do so endlessly. And hence it is natural for us to thank Him in same manner as we thank our mortal parents for their blessings. Only an unfortunate selfish person would not demonstrate his gratitude and lose opportunity to purify his or her heart.
Please note that worship does not mean some mechanical recitations or blankness of mind. It is a proactive approach to imbibe wisdom through actions, knowledge and contemplation.
Q: How should we worship Ishwar?
A: Basically worship of Ishwar lies in each act that we perform in our life. True worship implies following the ‘inner voice’ on a continuous basis. This is called living life of Yajna – selfless acts dedicated only to noble purposes.
This is called worship through actions. However to ensure that one conducts his life purely in a noble manner without deviations, one has to practice on two more aspects:
- Seeking knowledge
- Contemplation on the knowledge to imbibe the same as part of our sanskaars.
The trio of Knowledge-Contemplation-Actions go hand in hand and are fruitless in isolation.
For this lesson, we shall focus on specific aspects of ‘Contemplation’. But please note that this assumes that the rest of the two components – Knowledge and Actions are also being utilized in sync.
Q: What are the key components of Worship?
A: There are three major components:- Stuti or Glorification
– Prarthana or Prayer- Upasana or Yogic Practice
Q: Explain Stuti in more detail.
A: ‘Stuti’ or Glorification means stating the correct attributes/properties of any entity in most truthful manner.
The purpose of Stuti of Ishwar is to understand the properties of Ishwar and attempt to model our own nature and actions in sync with Him. For example just as Ishwar is just and kind, we should also be just and kind. Ishwar never gives up, and hence we should also not give up. true praise of God called Ishwar Stuti in the Vedic scriptures implies remembering God’s various attributes and following His messages at all times when performing one’s deeds whereby one incorporates an element of God’s attributes in one’s personal life to the extent possible e.g. as God is Kind and Just, similarly, be kind and just to others.
One who merely sings the virtues of Ishwar like a drama artist but does not put effort in changing his or her own character is simply wasting time. Whatever Stuti we do is solely for our own benefit by improving our own self.
Ishwar Stuti – or appreciation creates love for GOD and helps an individual to reform his character by contemplating the characters of GOD.
Ishwar Prarthana – or prayer creates humility, hopefulness and confidence.
Ishwart Upasana – conduces to communion with GOD and his realization.
ओ३म् (to be continued)