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Five Special Rites Performed before Sodasopachara

Sodasopachara is the 16 Steps or Rituals in a Hindu Puja. As per Gantamiya Tantra, five special rites should be performed before commencing Sodasopachara. They are: Abhigamana – Going to a place of worship. Upadana – Collecting materials for puja. Yoga – Developing a feeling of oneness with the deity. Svadhyaya – Reading or chanting of sacred books. Ijya – Worship of deity as per Shastras. Related The 16 Steps or Rituals in a Hindu Puja – Upacharas in Hinduism

Positive Attitude And Unremitting Effort - Key To Success

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa gives a beautiful illustration to understand Shraddha. Swami Ranganathananda explains it and points out that the key to success in any field depends on positive attitude and unremitting effort. When we go to fish in a lake, we take a fishing rod and line, with bait fixed to it. We cast the line and bait into the lake and wait patiently. We may not have seen fishes in that lake. We have only heard from others who have fished there. Our Shradha in their words makes us go to the lake and verify the truth of their statement. We sit for a long time and yet fail to catch a fish. But by this alone we do not conclude that there is no fish in the lake. We come again the next day and keep striving. What is the basis of this unremitting effort? It is the dynamic faith that there is fish in the lake. All great discoveries in the fields of science and religion are the result of such a positive attitude and the action based on such an attitude. Finally w