A friend asked me, “why have you got a video of your table on Youtube? And what made you choose those things on it?” So, I thought I would give you all a background to it (I guess you’ll have time to read it now!) ..and maybe you will create your own!
You can view the video of my morning meditation here.
THE TALE OF MY PERSONAL PUJA!
A puja is a morning prayer or ritual, and various traditions have special uniform ways of performing them. I had never been into rituals of any kind… then once upon a time long ago (heehee), I took my youngest daughter to the fabulous Swaminarayan Temple in London.
As always after a guided tour, she wanted to go to the gift shop where she bought herself a gift and a fridge magnet for me! I did not do fridge magnets and her choice was quite odd, it depicted a swami with the words “Did you do your pooja today?”
“Err..thanks,” I said, and when we arrived home thought I should put it up not to upset her.
Once it was up I saw it every morning and then thought “Oh God, maybe I should make one up? What to put on it?”
Oh I know, I was given an old icon from a Russian friend for Christmas when I was a young woman and never knew where to put it ….so up it went.
That year for my birthday an artist pal of mine had painted a Ganesh for me.
My statue of Lakshmi came as a surprise barter for a course of treatments!
The picture of my guru Swami Gitananda was presented to me in India.
When my eldest daughter travelled around the world she brought a gift of a statue of the Buddha.
And when on a yoga retreat I was given a gift of a travelling Shiva.
I DID NOT CHOOSE THEM, LIFE CHOSE THEM FOR ME !!
So I start my day thinking of my family, my Gurus and my friends and the profound meanings symbolised by these statues!
Love and light