Kumari Puja, manifestation during Durga Puja. On a decorated chair she is made to sit before the goddess and a flower from the Devi's hand is placed in her hand. Placed before her are flowers, bel wood apple leaves, incense sticks, lamps, naivedyam and other things required for puja. At the Ramakrishna Mission, the typical guru is a sannyasin and Hindus belonging to the order designated by the parent to Belur Math.
The Swami Ramakrishna order are aware of this problem and the authorities of Belur Math always monitor the activities of swami authorized to give initiation. A swami is a being who has taken a vow of renunciation, sannyasa. This is given once a year at Belur Man, usually on the anniversary of Thakur . Candidates follow nine or ten years of novitiate.
The sannyas allows a being to be called swami or sannyasin and wear the habit of ocher. Organization for women, Sri Sarada Math, the equivalent term is pravrajika, sanyasini. You reach the sannyas after being brahmachari. This status is conferred at a ceremony now permitted at Belur Math. This after five or six years of novitiate. A brahmachari wears white.
The flowers offered in the ritual called puja called pujari, are returned to the devotees after the ceremony, if they wish, and they are preserved as relics of the saints. When the flowers have faded, not to be thrown into the dustbin; you have to make to the earth, in a place where they are not crushed by the feet. Of course, the flowers offered must be clean and free of spots and that have not already been offered to someone else; usually are washed and are sometimes sprinkled with perfume and sandalwood paste.
As the flowers offered in puja , the food is offered to the devotees after worship. Having been accepted by God, it is very sattvic. The word that describes it is prasad , which means blessed by God and imbued with the acceptance of its quality or energy. An error that devotees often make is to designate the food that lead to be offered as a contribution of prasad. Until it is offered, it is only a gift of food; is that after it becomes prasad.
The idea of the puja done in an ashram of Ramakrishna in very simple terms is this: the Lord is the guest of honor, an august character that makes us a favor and visit us. The worshiper is the host, anxious to do everything possible to please his guest, that idea does not differ from the theme of Catholic mass, which is a renewal of the act of love that Christ has shared the last supper with his disciples before his crucifixion.
We remember the great importance of hospitality in oriental countries. The puja is to offer pleasant things, flowers, food, incense, music, aromas, light, and also water for bathing and drinking. The Ganges water is offered if possible. The gestures that the pujari ago during the ceremony are called mudra . It is said to help concentration, which are the physical symbols of spiritual ideas and release spiritual energies that contribute to the effectiveness of the rite. The offspring spoken in silence are called mantras , which are invocations, prayers, quotes, scripture, or formulas with the divine name.
It should be noted that one of the interesting ideas of the puja, that is, for the Lord has it all, it is presumptuous on the part of the devotee offer him anything. So the first thing the pujari is to assume a divine attitude that keeps throughout the ceremony because in reality the ritual consists in what God offers to God what already belongs to him.
The ashram Vedantic worship many saints and spiritual heroes honoring their party with more or less importance; Christmas, the day of Kalpataru January 1, the anniversary of Ramakrishna, Easter, the birth of Krishna is celebrated publicly in Gretz. There are other holidays called tithis puja , or guru purnima that are celebrated in private but if you wish you can help. The dates, which change from year to year depending on the position of the moon, are provided for the faithful. Include the dates of anniversaries of important disciples of Ramakrishna, the Durga Puja, Kali Puja, the Shivaratri, and the dates of Ram Nam, while the story of the life of Rama and his deeds are celebrated in music.