94186666 The Meaning, Purpose and Benefit of Worship -authored by Acharya Shriram Sharma

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There is general agreement that Meaningful worship has to go beyond rituals and ceremonial worship and offerrings. What then constitutes meaningful worship? True worship is a combination of : 1.Upasana (sitting close to God), 2. Sadhana means (leading a correct life) and 3. Aradhana (means service to humanity).
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  English Translation of  Up³san³ K³ Tatva Darïana aur Swar¿pa  Author: Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya The Meaning, Purpose & Benefitsof Worship  05 orshipping is absolutely essential to keep up one's faith W  in divinity. Inanimate objectsare all around us and our senses can feeltheir presence again and again. But weneed to consciously remind ourselves of and meditate upon what is transcendent and invisible, else naturally that would beforgotten. We tend to forget about evennormal objects of daily use that wehappen not to use for a while. Man by nature is forgetful, and that's necessary too. If he weren't so forgetful, his mind would be crammed with so many memories and reminiscences that there would be no space left for him to listen Chapter  1  Prayer and Worship Need to be Integratedinto Daily Routine of Life Prayer & Worship Need to be Integrated into Daily Routine of Life  07 Prayer & Worship Need to be Integrated into Daily Routine of Life raze through all the impediments present on the righteouspath comes directly from God to man, then there is nothingthat a man cannot accomplish.If God's enduring image constantly floats in front of our eyesand if His invisible power shows up to us in a living form only then it is possible for our mind to follow the path of righteousness unyieldingly, renouncing all sinfulness. God's worship alone can lead us to this immense experience andintrinsic feeling that He, the invisible Supreme Self, is a visiblefriend and a true companion. The devotional practices of chanting, meditation, prayers, offerings etc have been createdso that with earnest efforts man remembers God again andagain, and experiences Him in the form of a close relative, afamily member, a friend and as a companion always. Worshipcan fulfill this psychological need. By remembering each otheragain and again, if two bereft lovers can feel each other'spresence right in their hearts, then why can't God beexperienced like a dear one by constant remembrancethrough the depths of the heart? If we can experience God asa beloved one always living with us then it would be so easy to stay away from sins and to engage ourselves in righteousdeeds. We would also remain courageous, free from worries,optimistic and spirited. Why would one, who has power of God with him, be afraid of anyone? What would be left tocause him worries, fears, sorrows, or despair? Why wouldn't he see his future bright and his destiny radiant? Such a personcan remain happy, content and cheerful always, consideringadverse circumstances as transient and have arisen to teachhim a lesson or two to correct himself. When God Himself is  07 Prayer & Worship Need to be Integrated into Daily Routine of Life raze through all the impediments present on the righteouspath comes directly from God to man, then there is nothingthat a man cannot accomplish.If God's enduring image constantly floats in front of our eyesand if His invisible power shows up to us in a living form only then it is possible for our mind to follow the path of righteousness unyieldingly, renouncing all sinfulness. God's worship alone can lead us to this immense experience andintrinsic feeling that He, the invisible Supreme Self, is a visiblefriend and a true companion. The devotional practices of chanting, meditation, prayers, offerings etc have been createdso that with earnest efforts man remembers God again andagain, and experiences Him in the form of a close relative, afamily member, a friend and as a companion always. Worshipcan fulfill this psychological need. By remembering each otheragain and again, if two bereft lovers can feel each other'spresence right in their hearts, then why can't God beexperienced like a dear one by constant remembrancethrough the depths of the heart? If we can experience God asa beloved one always living with us then it would be so easy to stay away from sins and to engage ourselves in righteousdeeds. We would also remain courageous, free from worries,optimistic and spirited. Why would one, who has power of God with him, be afraid of anyone? What would be left tocause him worries, fears, sorrows, or despair? Why wouldn't he see his future bright and his destiny radiant? Such a personcan remain happy, content and cheerful always, consideringadverse circumstances as transient and have arisen to teachhim a lesson or two to correct himself. When God Himself is
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