Thought of the Day

As written at Prashanthi Nilayam on 23 - 10 - 2020

During Navaratri there is a form of worship called Anga-arpana Puja (dedicating various limbs and organs to God). In the performance of this Puja, there is a form of self-deception. When a devotee says, "Netram Samarpayami" (I offer my eyes to the Lord) and offers only a flower to the Lord, one is indulging in deception. The proper thing would be to say that one is offering a flower. Mantras like "Netram Samarpayami" are intended to indicate that one is using one’s eyes only to see God. The real significance of the Mantra is that you think of the Divine in whatever you see or do. Therefore, true Anga-arpana Puja is to declare that you offer all your limbs in the service of the Lord. This means that whatever work you do should be done as an offering to God. Navaratri festival should be used as an occasion to examine one's own nature whether it is human, animal or demonic, and strive to transform animal nature to human, and finally divinize human nature. (Divine Discourse, Oct 06, 1992)
- Baba