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Aatmane Namaha

Antaraatmane Namaha
Jeevaatmane Namaha
Paramaatmane Namaha

Deho Devlaya Prokta Jvo Devassantana


Tyajedajnnanirmlyam So'ham Bhvena Pjayet
The body is the temple.
The jva is the deity of this temple, since
beginningless time.
May one get rid of the wilted flowers of ignorance,
And worship with the understanding that God is nonseparate from me.
Put a flower on your head and start your meditation.
Those who can understand the meaning of this need
not perform other pujas to make a God happy. Mana
prasadam is what is important, not Iswara prasadam that is the message of Atma puja.
In this way, everything that we do from the moment
we wake up until we go to bed, can be seen as a
prayerful and worshipful action. The actions
undertaken during a pja in the temple, are
undertaken by us too each day: Waking up and taking
a bath (snnam), putting on clothes (vastram) and
ornaments (bharaam), wearing flowers in the hair
(puhpam), applying sandal-paste (chandanam) and
kumkumam, and lastly offering food to ourselves.

By viewing our daily activities as part of the tma


pja, we add a certain sanctity to ourselves, and to
our life. We won't be going out the door with old,
smelly clothes, without having taken a bath or
brushed our teeth. In one way you can say it's simply
common sense, but there's more to it than that. It's
taking your body as something sacred, something that
needs to be taken care of with full attention, just like a
temple is maintained. Yet is it not a maintenance for
the sake of impressing others or for our own vainness,
it's an act of self-love in a sense of devotion.

Atma Puja Upanishad


The Upanishad on the Worship of the Self
OM
Tasya nishchintanam dhynam
Thoughtless contemplation on That is dhynam,
meditation.
Sarvakarmanirkaraamvhanam
All action done without cause is vhanam,
invocation.
Nishchalajanamsanam
Unchanging knowledge is asana, posture.
Samunmanibhavah pdyam
The state of complete transcendence of the mind is

pdyam, the water for washing the feet.


Sadmanaskamarghyam
The mind desiring truth is argyam, the water for
washing the face and hands.
Saddiptircamaniyam
The light of the truth is camaniyam, water for rinsing
the mouth
Varktaprptih snnam
snaan, water for bathing
Being centered constantly in the inner illumination of
Awareness and in the infinite inner nectar of Bliss is
the true bath.
The feeling of That everywhere is the only fragrance.
Being established in ones witnessing nature is the
rice for worship.
Union with pure Consciousness is the flower.
The experience of the fire of Awareness is the
incense.
Being established in the sun of Consciousness is the
only light.
Drinking the nectar of the inner full moon of Being is
the food offering.
Merger of the mind in the Self is the
circumambulation for worship.

The feeling of I am That is the salutation.


Silence is the hymn of praise.
Total contentment is the conclusion of the worship
ritual.
One who understands so, he understands rightly.
I am that absolutely pure and perfect
Consciousness realizing this is the only attainment
of Liberation for those who desire to be liberated.
Thus ends the Upanishad on the
Worship of the Self.