Swami Satyananda Saraswati of DeviMandir,Napa provided these free audio classes explaining his Beginner's Shiva Puja book (also available as iPad App named 'Shiva Puja'). In this Podcast, Swamiji explains his book in four sessions with each session ending on Questions and Answers from online viewers during the Live event occured at 6 pm from 26th to 30th Aug 2013. You can hear Shree Maa interjecting occasionally shedding more light on the topic. This Book/App is a perfect place to begin your practice of yogic worship. Lord Shiva is the Consciousness of Infinite Goodness, and his five letter mantra makes His puja an excellent starting point for first time Sanskrit chanters. Pu means merit and Ja means to give birth. Puja is that which gives birth to merit, and in our tradition the highest merit is the privilege to sit in the presence of God. Puja is an ancient system of worship designed to guide the mind to this experience. This book contains all the elements for a proper puja, including Shivas meditation, mantras for the articles of worship, His one hundred and eight names, arati, and the Shiva Calisa. All mantras are presented with the original Sanskrit, Roman transliteration, and English translation. Also included is a guide to Sanskrit pronunciation. For more info about this book, please visit http://www.shreemaa.org/ways-to-worship-pages/shiva/shiva-puja-beginner-book/
Session 402/09/2013 Duração: 01h02min
Final session contains Swamiji's explanation on Shiva Aarti (song of praise) and Shiva Chalisa (40 verses) contained from pages 46 to 63. Book ends at 38:42 mins with the rest of podcast concluding with Swamiji's answers to online viewers questions.
Session 302/09/2013 Duração: 01h01min
Third session starts from page 27 till 46 explaining Shiva Ashtottara nama (108 names of Shiva). Class starts with Swamiji explaining significance of 108 and proceeds onto english interpretaion of 108 names. He also tells story of Daksha’s curse, the repercussions that have ensued from that curse, and explains the blessing that is bestowed through the lesson that the curse teaches. Book ends at 28:18 mins followed by series of question and answers till the end of session.
Session 202/09/2013 Duração: 59min
Second class on Shiva Puja from page 14 until page 27 covering the puja procedure and describes the highest esoteric meaning of each article of offering. He also shares a story that explains why the ants get the left over rice offerings from the puja. Book ends at 26:04 mins and the rest of session is filled with Swamiji's answers for online devotees Questions.
Session 102/09/2013 Duração: 01h01min
Swamiji's first class on Shiva Puja until page 14. He shares story of origins of Shiva Lingam, clears mis-conceptions behind it and starts on with book till page 14. The book ends at 35:35 mins and rest of the session concludes with Swamiji answering online viewers questions. You'll know about: What is puja? Who is Shiva, the Consciousness of Infinite Goodness? Shiva’s Beginner Puja is an ideal place to begin learning the answers to these questions. Swamiji begins by telling a story about Brahma – the Creative Capacity and Vishnu – the Lord of Preservation, and a never-ending Shiva lingam that sprouted up between them. See what happens when Brahma lies and find out what it takes to get to the summit of Infinity.