Why and why we should not recite Mantras and do poojas and Japam?
Hanuman chalisa, sunderkand, shiv chalisa, purans, durgasapthashati, baglamukhi mantra
Yes, this looks like a funny topic but it is not funny. The reality is that this is a very serious topic. People who are not open minded and who cannot accept reality should stop reading further. I have done a detailed research on this subject and summarized it in the form of an article. I performed yajnas at times and I still love Mother divine. I am visiting a temple from past eighteen years. So I have witnessed and experienced this field beforehand. I have experienced it, and then I am writing about it. So whatever you are going to read further is a firsthand account of a believer of God and his strength.
Further in the article: religion and spirituality, love for God. Poojas, avaahan, pran infusion and maintenance. Real vs Fake temples. Precautions in Poojas. Why Precautions? Mantras and deities. Shrapit mantras. Rudradevtas and curse. Bhog of Brahmarakshas and pretas . Effects of wrong prayers. Reasons for inferences. Right way of doing pooja.
BASICS. RELIGION (Desires) Vs SPIRITUALITY( True love)
You do lots and lots of poojas but there is a vast difference between pooja and spirituality. Poojas take birth from religiousness which is not spirituality. If you are reciting mantras and reading chalisas and are involved in lots of poojas etc then you are very religious but do not confused yourself with spirituality. Spirituality is universal and it is not restricted to any region and religions of world. Poojas and prayers are born with reasons and that reason does not include love for God. Do not mistake your staunch religious attitude as love for God. This is because you do not need pooja if you really love God. Why ? ..Let us take an example to prove what I mean. You love your children, your wife, your mother and father then why don’t you do their pooja as well.
Yes.. a very funny accusation but a very precise claim as well. You do not do it because you love them. Love does not need any external show off. So you do not need the idols of your relatives because you love them. Then why do you need the external things for God. This recitation and japam is not because of your love for God but because of your unfulfilled desires. They are the cause. Some of them are born because your ancestors were doing it or just because of your insecurity. The people who really love God are very rare. Love requires patience, sacrifice and dedicated efforts.
I will explain it with more examples.
Example 1. Lady’s Name: A.S, age: 53 years. Profession: Teacher.
My question: Do you love God ?
Answer: Yes, I do. I am doing poojas from the days of my youth right from the time I was unmarried. I love God like anything.
My remedy: Will you please visit this shrine (This shrine is in our home town and she belongs to the same town) on weekly basis, for you need her blessings?
Answer: Oh! No no, I cannot do it. Please tell me something very near to my home.
You see, actually this lady is not in love for God, she is in love with her comfort zone. She does not want to put a single effort in it. The fact is love for God is not born out of comfort. It requires efforts. You can see these efforts in Sikhs and Jains who visit their respective holy places on daily basis. If it seems easy to you then try it. You will find it extremely difficult because it requires a continuous effort for the same.
ADVANCE REASONS: AAVAHAN
The above reasons are simple reasons but there are very deep-rooted reasons for not doing certain poojas and japam.
What happens during pooja?
During pooja, you actually invoke a deity and call him or her for help. They carry supernormal strength and enter your home for you called them. This is called Aavahan. If you are using idols for same then prana gets infused in that idol. Certain idols like Shivling etc are never kept inside home but because of commercialization and advertisements on televisions people keep such items inside their temples.
Since you call them you also need to support them. You need a very clean house and you should avoid all bad practices. This however is something that none of us can maintain for too long. Besides, houses suffer from Sutak (demon) during birth and death. At that time the person who did the aavahan plus the family members will suffer from Deva dosha. This is because you called them and now you forgot to keep up the sanctity. This dosha creates lots and lots of problems for the person and the coming generations.
Remedy is to do the pooja in temples only. The sanctity is maintained in temples, but every temple is not temple.
Temples vs Temples.
The temples in colonies where multiple idols are installed are actually commercial properties and not temples (They are installed because people want to keep up their comfort level. Every God at one place. Wow) Temple is a place where priests are very honest and they work very hard to support the sanctity of the temple. According to Vastu you cannot install multiple idols in a single temple. I will explain more about this topic.
Temple A: Location: Near my house. It has all Gods inside. Right from Lord shiva to sai baba. Latest is shani dev.
Poojari arrives at 6 am while people come early sometime. Even if you spend your whole life in such a temple, you won’t get any benefit.
Temple B: Location is twenty Km from my place. Single idols of Shri Krishna and Radha ji.
The priest arrives at sharp 4:30am. Every aarti requires that the priest should take a bath beforehand. You can often see water dripping from priest’s hairlocks. Even in winters when Bhaktas arrive with blankets wrapped around them, the poojari arrives with a single cotton sheet around his body. This is dedication, because it is a repetitive process which is still intact from past eight generations. Temple B shows its effect immediately because it is well maintained in terms of holiness.
So what is required for pooja?
First of all one should know that why are you doing it. If you love God and truly love God then my advice is not to do such things. You cannot butter God by doing all this. He is inside you. He created you, if you remember this you won’t do it.
But in cases where you need certain things to be done you can do special poojas. But special poojas need special precautions. They can vary from simple chalisas to extremely strong sadhnas and mantra recitations.
All these require precautions.
You are doing pooja because of a motive. As you are doing it for a motive you need to understand what is written further. If you love God, then you do not need poojas.
When you do pooja, you actually do aavahan (the calling) and then the later steps end with Bhog. Whatever you chant and offer becomes bhog of deities. When you recite shrapit mantras or you do some mistake then bhog gets offered to “Brahmarakshas”, “demons” and “pretas”. If you suffer from Pitru dosha then bhoga never reaches the deities. Even when you do it inside your house then due to non-maintenance of deities, you suffer from deva dosha. This in-turn creates a vicious cycle where negative entities start controlling your household activities. They control the brain and people who do all this, will never be able to understand the problems they are suffering from.
Deities like Hanuman ji and Devi require very strong precautions. Mantras require strong precautions as well. Most of the mantras are not written in their right form in books. There are hidden secrets of Shapodhar, utkeelan beejakshars in mantras. Without proper use they create and bring havoc to sadhak.
Before recitations you should be fully aware of Sankalp, viniyog, shadnyas, yantra pooja, shodoupchar, shapodhar and purashcharan. You should be aware of the process involved in yajnas. There are other very sookshma things which includes pranayama, dikshuddhi, asan shuddhi, mala sanskar etc. If you do not know about it then do not put any effort in it. That is the reason mantras cannot be recited. Do not even think about taking them from books.
A siddha who has invoked the mantra has a sajeev mantra who lives in Sookshma form with siddha. Only he can share the correct mantra and process of mantra. It is very rare that anyone would ever find such a siddha. You should consider yourself very fortunate even if you are able to get the process of a single mantra in your whole life time.
What happens when you do wrong recitations or do recitations in your house?
When you do wrong recitations or call devtas in your home (which is their in 99% of cases) then Negative entities take the bhoga. Homes carry all kind of activities of Gruhasta and it creates an environment not suitable or any devtas. It is better not to do any recitation at home. This includes everything right from chalisa to mantras.
Results of such activities.
- You will always be dissatisfied with your life.
- You will be depressed at times and suffer from strong mood swings.
- You will not be happy.
- You will have unhealthy attitude towards others.
- You will have an inflated ego.
- You may suffer from diseases which have no specific reasons.
- Your children will not get married on proper time.
- You will have regular fights with your partner.
- You will have extreme expenditure.
- You will suffer from severe anger bursts.
- Everybody in the family will be uneasy and always at unrest. Nobody will talk to each other in a proper way.
- Weird dreams related to devi devtas.
Reasons for such inferences:
- See the Brahmins in temples. They do poojas all the time, but you will never found such priests to be happy in their life. They have strong ego and they are hot headed. The presence of God should make you humble, happy and contended but they are just the opposite of that. Even most of the tantrics are like that. These so called tantriks are not real tantrics. They suffer from preta doshas which create this kind of effect.
- See people who do not do any pooja. They are mostly happy. Doing no poojas does not make you a culprit in the eye of God. Visit holy places that is more important.
- Saints (the real ones, not the gibberish from televisions) will never do any pooja. They meditate and you will hardly find any incenses sticks or idols in their worship rooms. Read the life histories of saints and you will realize that they were never involved with all these elaborate rituals. So if they are wrong then all this priest craft is right and if they are right then whatever you consider about pooja is wrong.
- Your happiness has direct connection with your prayers so if you are not happy (ask this question very seriously) then your prayers are going in a wrong direction. Just stop them.
- See people who are involved in all this chanting and everything. You will see that they are not happy with their lives.
- When spirits are asked (in possessed persons) that why had they become a ghost. Most of the time the answer will be an accidental death or tantra mantra in previous births.
SO WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY
Frankly speaking there is no right way. Chalisas can be recited but that should be done in proper temple. Head should be covered and sankalp should be taken before hand. This should be done only in case you want to fulfil something. For example you want to get rid of loans then take a sankalp for 1100 recitations of Hanuman chalisa or rin mochan mangal strotram. Then recite it in a temple. Maintain purity in thoughts and actions. Sleeping on floor and taking other precautions with diet is essential and important. Celibacy is required in many such recitations. Please note that you are invoking energy to carry out a task. When the recitations are complete you need to tell the deity to go back to its respective place as we do during poornahuti.
If you love God then show some effort and dedication. Get up early in the morning. You can think and meditate upon God but without any mantra. Naam japam is different where you can recite the name of God regularly. For example ram,ram,ram,ram. You can also do pranayama before that. Do it during three, two or at least one sandhi. (Time of interval, sunrise, madhyayan or Sandhya). The shushmuna is in Jagradavastha during these hours.
Visit a holy place once, twice or thrice every year. Visit a place of Guru or saint every day or visit a proper temple every day or at least once a week. Help the poor and suffering. Do not be staunch in your attitude if you think that you are a Hindu and you should not visit a mosque then better not think about God. Staunchness and rigidity has no relation with God.