Why we chant “Ganpati Bappa Morya!”?

Ganesh devotees chant in chorus Ganpati Bappa Morya during Ganesh Puja. But, what’s the significance of this chant? Ganpati Ganesha is also known as Ganpati. The word Ganpati is a combination of 2 words – “Gana” which means ‘group’ or also ‘the attendants of Lord Shiva’ and “Pati” which means the ‘ruler’ or ‘leader’. Hence…

Prayer – an Invocation

The stream of happenings, come and go irresistibly around and above you, and that which gives the balance to face them steadily is prayer. – Swami Chinmayananda What is Prayer Prayer or worship is a technique by which the entire thought processes in the worshipper are mobilized and directed to flow towards a perfect point of…

Padukas – Why worship them?

Touching a Guru’s or teacher’s or respected elder’s feet is a practice that we are taught in our childhood. It is a way to show respect to the elders and to show them that we value their teachings. Meaning of ‘Paduka’ ‘Pa’ means Paati – to protect. It is the grace of the Guru that…