Rituals

Ritual
rituals in Ajah Dharma can run from traditional to complete informality.
In other words you should make them special in your own way.
The Shiva sutras state
“what is perceived, as external is truly internal.”
one regular part of Ajah ritual is promoting joy&love to all involved..

Group practices, include rituals, festivities,initiations, etc. The purposes of this practice are the initiation of novices, the expansion of consciousness and expression of the bliss already attained as participants become more and more advanced.
The key to the effectiveness of group practice is held to reside in the harmony of minds and hearts of the participants. When a compatible spiritual group is created, it can greatly accelerate the spiritual evolution of its members. It is said that such a group can enter a state of oneness and universal consciousness without effort.This is explained by the notion of reflection (pratibimba), a process of unification, an effortless overflow of spiritual energy.
Ganja ritual
ganja (from the Sanskrit word Ganjika, used in ancient India), is a spiritual act, often accompanied by scriptural study; it is a sacrament that cleans the body and mind, heals the soul, exalts the consciousness, facilitates peacefulness, brings pleasure, and brings us closer to God, or one should say realise unity further. They often burn the herb when in need of insight from Ajah. The herb is the most sacred form of the mother (matter) when it is burned it and the solid matter transforms into smoke it symbolizes how though material birth we reach spiritual liberation. Personal consumption for religious purposes is a valid reason for partaking in the smoking of ganja. It is not being abused using it in this way, and to the Ajah is not seen as intoxicating but enlivening, as it is a gift from the mother-earth given to us to nurse the spirit.
In Hindu mythology shakti(matter) sees her husband(Shiva/consciousness) suffering and gives him ganja to eat and smoke. Once taken Shiva fell into deep meditation….

The ritual goes as such;
1.the bowl is packed/the joint rolled,
2. the honored (usually the most deserving) says a mantric-prayer and takes the first hit,
3.the mantric -prayer “ommm Shiva shankara hari hari ganja” it means Shiva the joy giver grant us infinity from the ganja..
4. and the the sacrament is smoked.

Food blessing
when food is blessed it is given to god, and we feed god by eating. Food blessed feeds the inner divine as well as the outer divine… all food left unblessed and knowingly consumed only feeds the body, and is said to be consuming sin.
To bless a meal focus on the food as God.
Say a mantric-prayer “om annam Brahma, bishor bhokta debo jenadanahi awaem gyantwa
to yo bhunkt ann doshorn lipyate.”
it means the food that sustains god, is god, all is god.
Gayatri mantra
the holiest mantra from the Vedas. The Gayatri Mantra has been revered for thousands of years by both Hindus and Buddhists alike.. It is called “The Mantra of Spiritual Light.” It heals the body, feeds the Spirit and illumines the Intellect.
It should be pronounced very clearly with pure love and intent..

“OM BHUR BHUVAHA SWAHA
OM TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM BHARGHO
DEVASYA DHIMAHI DHIYO YONAHA PRACHODAYAT”.

“May we meditate on the glory of that absolute Being who is this universe; may it inspire and enlighten our minds.”

Prayer
In Ajah Dharma daily morning and night time prayers are implimented
and should be encouranged.
First wash up and brush your teeth.
Then return to your alter.
Focus all you attention on the deity or on the emptiness of god.
Then say the Gayatri mantra followed by your mourning or nightly prayer..

Morning prayer:
1) Focus on the all-pervadeing supreme soul, connect with god
2)recite the gayatri mantra
3)say:
May all beings have happiness and its causes, (Love)
May all beings be freed from suffering and its causes; (Compassion)
May all beings constantly dwell in joy transcending sorrow; (Joy)
May all beings dwell in equal love for those both close and distant. (Equanimity)
By this virtue may I quickly
Attain the supreme state,
And then may I lead every being,
without exception, into that state.
May the most precious and supreme Lord
awaken my mind, as sure as the sun shines
way up in the sky, the truth is ill never die
ommm…..
4)recite gayatri mantra
——————–
Night-time Prayer:
1)connect with God
2)recite gayatri mantra
3)say: ommm… to the supreme self I pray, I and I lay down to rest,
but how dear lord can I choose when to sleep when it is your will when to sleep, how can I sleep when the minds of lovers are sore vexed by the illusion.
May all beings be filled with joy and peace.
May all beings everywhere,
The strong and the weak,
The great and the small,
The mean and the powerful,
The short and the long,
the subtle and the gross:
—————-
om to the supreme self, formless and great
I now enter the realm of dreams.
Weave now, if You will, a web of protective light around me.
Guard my sleeping form & Watch over me
Until the sun once again
Rules the Earth.
O Gracious One-soul,
Be with me through the night.
4)recite the gayatri mantra
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Formal Rituals
temples, families, married individuals, children, all can create and employ formal rituals, to enliven our life and mark special occasions.
In this ritual-format, it is done in a group, or alone. And participation is expected.
A good example of a formal-ritual;
a catholic mass
a wedding ceremony
a baptism
a wiccan rite
a Hindu pooja
an group prayer
ETC.

Devotional expression & Diefication
when we enter a divine state and just want to sing & dance and love it is a devotional expression in which love of mighty god within influences all we do. This is a sacred act in Ajah Dharma.
this extends to the Diefication ritual in which you worship somethig, a fountain,a river, atemple, a teacher,etc.. since everything is God and all is sacred, anything can be diefied and called God.
om jai ma!

Keeping an Alter.
altars generally contain pictures or statues of gods and goddesses.
There is usually a space to put the offering bowl (tray with worship offerings). Anything put in an offering bowl to god is instantly and completely spiritualized.
altars may be erected in temples or in private homes. altar is typically a piece of furniture, such as a table or chest, upon which ajah places several symbolic and functional items for the purpose of worshiping God the absolute,performing ritual, and/or saying chants and prayers. Upon the altar typically rests a cloth, used to protect the surface from damage by candle wax, spilled liquid, or dust from burnt incense. This cloth is often adorned by a spiritual symbol.
A place is set up in front of the alter as a personal meditation spot.

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