He returned to the Mountain Of Attention,
Avatar Adi Da began to instruct a few devotees in puja, the ancient practice of
invoking the Divine by actively worshipping and anointing images of the Deity,
using natural elements such as water, oil, and ash. The principal object of esoteric
worship, He explained, is the Spiritual Master’s human Form, the body of the Guru.
Because the Guru has Realized God, he or she reveals the Divine and grants the
Divine Blessing in a uniquely potent way.
Avatar Adi Da communicated the
esoteric fullness of puja on the Guru’s Form one evening at Bright Behind Me,
which was then His residence at the Mountain Of Attention. He sat motionless in
a room in the house, while devotees waved flaming lamps in large circles around
His body, accompanied by an ecstatic explosion of drums, rattles, cymbals, and
tambourines. Outside, on the porch, there were more devotees — circumambulating
the house, chanting, and beholding the Form of their Beloved Guru through the
windows. Light and sound and movement swirled around Avatar Adi Da while He sat
Silent and Radiant, His Divine Love-Bliss enveloping everyone.
Avatar Adi Da established the ceremonial worship of His Divine Form, in the lives
of His devotees. And, thereafter, bodily-expressed devotion, worship, and praise
of Avatar Adi Da as the Living Divine Person became a part of devotees’ daily
lives. Regardless of the location of His human Body — and even after His physical
passing — this Puja
can always be done, using a photographic (or otherwise artistically rendered)
representation of Avatar Adi Da.
Part of Avatar Adi Da’s Work to establish
this process of acculturation to the sacred and right Spiritual relationship to
Him was His establishment of particular places at the Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary
as holy sites, specifically Empowered by Him. He indicated to His devotees that
these special places should become temples, places in which to associate ecstatically
with His Spiritual Presence. And He explained that, by devotees rightly serving
these places of Power and constantly Invoking Him there, His Blessing of all beings
would be magnified.
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