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Pooja (Puja) I - the Altar

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The traditional or orthodox Hindu rite of worship is called Pooja and ideally it should be conducted at least twice a day i.e. once in the morning and once in evening (as per the instructions given by Lord Shiva). The first Pooja was conducted by Shakti when she worshiped Shiva and in so doing the Goddess paved the way for all Hindus to worship and venerate the Gods.
The morning Pooja is the most important, followed by the evening Pooja. However, if work commitments or health limitations prevent a person from attending two Poojas per day then it is best to attend or be part of at least one Pooja on a daily basis.
The word Pooja itself comprises of two syllables, Poo means Joy and Ja means attain and the therefore Poojas are a means for all Hindus to attain joy and liberation.
Poojas are divided into two types - Aanmatha Pooja and Parartha Pooja. The former is conducted for the benefit of the self i.e. to attain spiritual or material rewards and the latter is conducted for the benefit of …

Tara-Kurukulla

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Despite the polytheistic nature or aspect of the Tibetan faith, many of the deities that are peculiar to Tibet especially Bon deities, remain unknown and it is safe to say that these deities may differ from village to village or from territory to territory and are distinguishable by locality. The worship of numerous deities is a common feature or trait in the Himalayan states and the religious schools that these states belong to are very different from contemporary or orthodox Hindu schools or sects.
There are however 5 Tibetan deities that seem or appear to have an universal appeal and they are Tonpo-Shenrab, Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche, AvalokiteĊ›vara, Tara and Mahakala. Here we are concerned solely with Tara.
Tara first appeared during a battle between the devas (the race of Gods) and the asuras (the race of anti-Gods. I hesitate to use the word demon here because asuras are significantly different from western demons or the western interpretation of the word demons).
It might be e…

Possession E-book

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Possession With the advent of the Christian church and post the Renaissance Period of the 16th century the “spirit” edge of the older religions had been blunted by a cultural revolution dictated by modern philosophies and the codification of preexisting myths into a comprehensive form of literature leading to a general dismissal of the spirit world as nonexistent or the product of a society that has not yet reached the pinnacle of its evolution.
Often however it is the rituals and practices of these “lesser evolved communities” that provide an answer when none other exists and it only stands to reason that when there is no other scientific or medical explanation available, the answer lies in the field of the occult.
Occult practitioners and black magicians continue to earn a reasonable living preying on the calamities that befall others and isolated schools continue to exist for the astute pupil who is unable to afford the inflated cost of a college education. These schools provide a mea…