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In this article, we look at the significance of Ayudha Pooja. Sadhguru explains how this festival can be an important tool for growth, and how it is much more than just a ritual
Ayudha Pooja is an important aspect of Navratri. In Indian culture, it is widely believed that before using any tool, one should bow down to the tool. If you want to use your plow, first bow down to it and then use it. If you want to use a book, first bow down to it and then use it.
*Navratri: Is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights in the honor of Goddess Durga.
|Ayudha Pooja means a respectful approach for every implement you use, whether it is in the industry, in agriculture, or anything else.|
Unless you approach something with a sense of reverence and a sense of involvement, it will not yield results.
For instance, the same musical instrument becomes different things in different people's hands. In the hand of one person, the musical instrument becomes noise while in another person's hands, it becomes enthralling music because of the way the process is approached.
Reverence does not mean worship or a ritual. Reverence simply means you look up to a certain object in a certain way. If you do not look up to it, if you think it is less than you, you will not be involved in it.
Where you are not involved, you will not benefit from it. So, anything that you use, you see it as something above yourself and bow down to it so that it brings a deep sense of involvement.
Once that involvement is there, you will handle it well and will get the best out of it. You will know the joy of doing things, not just of achieving things. The quality of life is not just in how much you harvested. The quality of life is in how joyfully you did what you did. If you treat your implement with reverence, it will bring joy into you because every time you hold it, it is like touching God you are constantly in touch with what you consider divine.
|Ayudha Pooja means to become reverential towards your own body and mind. If you become reverential towards something, reverence naturally brings a certain distance.|
If you become reverential towards your own body and mind, you will establish a clear distance between what is you and what is your body, and what is you and what is your mind. If there is a clear distinction between you and your body and mind, this is the end of suffering.
Any suffering that you have known has entered you either through the body or the mind. If it is a living experience for you that you are not the body, you are not the mind, can suffering touch you? If there is a certain distance, it gives you the freedom to do whatever you want with life, but life leaves you untouched. It does not wound you in any way.