From a non-duality perspective, what would be the purpose of puja or other ritualistic worships? I understand meditation would make more sense in Vedanta because you are seeking your true nature and infinite bliss within. But I don't see why a follower of Vedanta would do traditional worships like puja to a murti. Did any God-realized saints (like Shri Ramakrishna) do traditional puja worship?
Thank you for your time, and hopefully I made sense. I tried to phrase it as best as possible.
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Is it supposed to hurt? I had a distance healing from a popular US shiva murti healer and the pain was excruciating.... is that normal? I didn’t know it was healing time when I was writhing around in bed in pain, contemplating going to the ER. It wasn’t until after everything calmed when I received a “we hope you’ve enjoyed your healing” email that I was 😐😐😐 Advice plz... email also said they would continue to work on me... can I say no thanks?
When someone purchases a murti for puja, is there some sort of ritual to invite the deity into the murti? I remember hearing someone tell me this long ago on this subreddit. Is a priest required to invite the deity into the murti? I live in the west, and there's only one temple in my state. The temple itself is hours away from me.
Thanks for your insight, I'm happy to accustom myself to this way of life.
I need some religious advice, please. I'm trying to learn Hinduism but I am just a beginner. Recently a friend who is also Hindu had gifted me a murti and asked me if I knew who it was. I did not. He told me it was Durga maa and seemed disappointed that I did not identify her. I accepted the murti because denying a form of god seemed wrong. I felt guilty accepting the murti because my relationship with the friend had ended that day, and he had given me Durga maa with the intent that I worshipped her but I admitted that I did not recognize her murti. I feel so guilty about keeping the murti, I am conflicted. Should I return the murti because I feel guilty accepting a gift no longer meant for me, or do I teach myself to worship to Durga maa and seek peace from this as a gateway to worshiping more Bhagwan in Hinduism? If retuning the murti is wrong, how do I welcome Durga maa into my home properly?
Edit= the friend had traveled to India and brought me back this murti along with an Om bracket and bead bracelet. I feel guilty accepting the murti because I didn't realize it was Durga maa and he clearly felt bad I didn't know. He put in so much thought and effort to bring it back just for me, that intensifies the guilt. We were seeing eachother after 2 months when he gave it to me. He was trying to make me his gf but I don't feel the same way.