The Garuda Purana

by Manmatha Nath Dutt | 1908 | 245,256 words | ISBN-13: 9788183150736

The English translation of the Garuda Purana: contents include a creation theory, description of vratas (religious observances), sacred holidays, sacred places dedicated to the sun, but also prayers from the Tantrika ritual, addressed to the sun, to Shiva, and to Vishnu. The Garuda Purana also contains treatises on astrology, palmistry, and preci...

Chapter CXXVI - Visvedeva Puja

Brahma said:—Now I shall describe a mode of worship which entitles the votary to the highest beatitude, as well as to the pleasures of this life and to the joy of self-emancipation. The Votary shall psychically locate the mystic Mandalam (a trancendental figure) in the mystic nerve phlexus in his heart and mentally worship the deities Ganga, Jamuna, Mahanadi, Dhata, and Vidhata at its different approaches. The deities, such as, shri, Danda, Prachanda and Vastu-Purusha, should be likewise worshipped at its exterior lives, while the mystic tortoise (symbol of universal evolution and involution,) the universal receptacle and eternity, should be worshipped at its centre.

After that, the attributes, location, virtue, knowledge, nonattachment, splendour, impiety, non-knowledge, bondage, and the pollens, stems, and bulb of the mystic lotus lily should be worshipped. After that, the petals and stamens of that mystic flower, as well as the qualities of illumination, action, and nescience, the solar world, the lunar world, the region of fire, and the divine energies such as, Vimala, etc., should be worshipped in that psychic diagram over that mystic nerve plexus of the heart. Similarly, the deities Durga, Ganesha, Sarasvati and Kshetrapala, should be worshipped at the four cardinal points of the Mandalam. After that, the pedestal and the embodied image of the God should be worshipped followed by a similar puja of Vasudeva, Valabhadra, and the God of Love. After that, Aniruddha and Narayana with his weapons and conch-shell should be worshipped, and the votary should practise the rite of Shadanganyasa (psychic attraction and localisation of certain universal categories and attributes in the different parts of the human organism) in the usual orthodox way. Then having worshipped the deities, beauty, growth and Garuda, he should worship the guardian deities of the different quarters of the heaven and the god Brahma, above, and the god Ananta, below. After that, the god Vishvaksena should be worshipped at the north-east angle of the Mandalam.

He, who can thus worship the god even for a single time in his life, is freed from the chains of successive re-births. The Pundarika and Gadadhara manifestations of the deity should be as well meditated upon in connection with the present form of worship.

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