Prostrations and prayers ~ 31 July 2012

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    • puttugam on July 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

    July 31: Prostrations and prayers

    To prostrate to our Parents, Guru or God, is to bow down to them in reverence. When we do so, our mind is serene & joyful. To pray is to be in ‘communion’ (spiritual union) with the Lord we are praying to. A little child is always joyful in the warmth of its mother. Likewise, we are always joyful when we pray, because in our heart, we are together with our beloved Lord. Being joyful in prayer and prostration may come naturally to some of us. But not to all. Perhaps, this is why our Gurudeva has blessed us with this MMS Videos. He wants all of us to benefit from our prayers and prostrations.

    Suppose you get into a bus with a heavy bag on your shoulders and you have to stand. If you are intelligent, you will put that bag down and enjoy the journey. You may read a book, talk to someone, be more productive in that travel time. If you choose to carry that weight, you will suffer that pain in your shoulders and spoil the charm of the journey. Similarly, when you pray, if you are intelligent, you will let go your anxieties and worries because you know the Lord within you is managing them for you. You will be joyful in prayer because you are in communion with your Lord. On the other hand, if you choose to be worried and tensed when you are in prayer, you will get nothing out of it. Being joyful during prayer is what makes it effective. With practice, the mind learns to look at every single action as prayer offered to the Lord. Work becomes worship. A happy mind is able to focus better on the goals it seeks to achieve (MMS 52), and is therefore more successful.

    To the unintelligent, prostration and prayer are acts of ‘communication’ and not ‘communion’ with their Lord. Communication is a transaction that involves exchange of information between two different individuals. This belief that you are ‘separate’ from the ‘other’ you are praying to reduces prayer into a transaction. So, if the ‘other’ does not live up to your expectations, the transaction stops, and the relationship fails. This is why some people who go after Ganesha today, will go after another God tomorrow. Should our relationship with God or Guru be so transactional? Is there room for joy in such prayer? Nothing comes out of such a ritual. Being joyful in prayer means seeing the Lord inside of us when we pray. We are in communion…… not in communication mode.

    The greatness of our Appaji is that He practices what He preaches. When doing Surya Puja, He is joyfully in ‘communion’ with Suryadeva. When doing Navavarna Puja, He is joyfully in ‘communion’ with the divine Mother. Following Him doesn’t mean carrying lamps on our head like His Holiness does in the MMS. We only have to stop carrying our worries and anxieties and be joyful in prostration and prayer, because we are always joyful in communion with our Gurudeva.

    Thank you Appaji for such a caring MMS. Breathtaking visuals and the lovely Bhajan ‘He Surya Deva Maampahi’ sung by Arcot Brothers (Album : Swamiji 70, CD 1, Track 23), make this a blissful experience. With joyful prostrations at the lotus feet of His Holiness,
    Jaya Guru Datta.
    Your Puttuji.

    • mukund mohan on July 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Joyful Humble prostrations to the lotus feet of Surya Deva Parama Pujya Sri Sri Sri Swamiji.

    • Y.S.Swarnaprabha (Lakshmi) on July 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

    July 31st : Prostrations & Prayers

    “Ganapatiyu Ninne, Sri Saccidananda Shubha murthy Ninne.”
    Yellow background, Our Sadguru in prayer, offering & holding three diyas, was a moment which made us spell bound.

    We are blessed with an opportunity to bow to Our Sadguru.
    Prayers that we see His tatva in all.

    From the rising of the sun,
    to the going down of the same the Lord’s name, is to be praised.

    The beautiful handiwork of the creator, i.e. the blue lake, the mountains, the clouds, the green grass, have all been made to be at His service & bow to Him joyfully.
    We are His children. He teaches us get rid of ego & bow, respect & love All.

    It has also been noticed, when we prostrate or pray, we get a lot of joy.
    We must all understand, that it is a blessing to get an opportunity to pray & prostrate & hence, to derive the joy of it, we must do it joyfully.

    The colour combinations in the video and the music are brilliant.

    We will bow joyfully Sadguru, to You, Our Lord, to Sri Balaswamiji, to Puttu Gam Sri & to all living beings around us.

    “Jaya Guru Datta,” we sing joyfully.

  1. O Sri Suryadeva your brilliance is the reflection of the effulgence of my SadGuru Sachchidananda. With joyousness and prostrations to His Lotus Feet, I offer my sincere prayer that I also shine like you in ever aspect of my existence. Om Bhaskaraya Namah. Jaya Guru Datta

    • Madhu Talwar on July 31, 2012 at 11:57 am

    jgd O! Smartrugaami Satguru Dattatreya thank You so much to teach us how to pray, we must realize what we are blessed with then our thanks in the form of prostrations and prayers will automatically be full of joy onhn sgd

    • Chakravarthy Terlapu on July 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Jaya Guru Hanuman,

    What a beautiful way to start the day. This video energizes us with amazing visuals. The raising sun which brings light to the whole world aptly shows the significance of Guru. The scenery with moving clouds, serene river, lush green mountains and Sri Swamiji offering prayers take us to a different world. This video reminded me of Sri Swamiji’s amazing bhajan which describes the omnipresent mother goddess and how nature decorates mother goddess:

    devi viradrupa vainatti niku
    prakrti sarvammu mustābu ceyu

    udayinchu ravi kalla parani pettu…

    Here is an extract from Sri Swamiji’s speech about how to enjoy nature and forget all our worries – “One who worships Nature automatically worships the Mother Goddess. Look at the beautiful scenes of nature. Look at the far away mountains. Get closer and look at the lush trees and other vegetation. Lie down under the open skies and look up at the starts, the clouds floating by, the rain drops gently coming down, or look at the flying birds in the evening time. They fly in groups, so gracefully. You are always only looking at your own children, family members, worried about your bags and belongings. Look at the river of people flowing out of a cinema theater. Look at the mass of crowds moving slowly. Sit for a moment and watch the flowing river. Listen to its sounds. Let the water from the faucet flow down to fill up a drum. Listen to that sound. If you observe Mother Nature and worship Her, She will bless you.”

    The message beautifully describes that we should offer our prayers joyfully. We can be happy by looking at the beautiful nature around us. When we are happy every prayer that comes out from us will be joyful.

    Humble prostrations to the lotus feet of Sri Swamiji who like the sun dispels our darkness.

    Om namo hanumate namaha

    • on July 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Om Suryaaya Namaha
    Om Bhaanavee Namaha

    We pray Sri Swamiji to bless us with Contentment as the desires are the main reason for unhappiness. If we are blessed with Contentment, then It would also show up in the prayers that we do. As most of the time when we pray God, we also pray for fulfilment of certain desires.

    We Pray and thank to the Lotus feet of Sadguru Deva for providing us with such great messages.

    • dariashakti on July 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta, Swamiji! What a sweet message this morning! I love to see you by the water offering prayers to the sun…Once in Mysore you said in your lectures about Datta that Anagha was a master of Rasa Tantra–that she was able to control her emotions perfectly. What a great lesson to teach us through prayer how to actively bring joy into our hearts and mind. May we all learn to be like Anagha and be able to actively call upon that natural bliss inside us that are your trying so hard to bring to us as we worship God….

    • Lakshmi Melbourne Australia on July 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Beautiful Bhajan with serene and beautiful images of the nature in the background, shifts our mind from mundane to divine. When the mind is calm, Sadgurudevas message echoes in our ears. Our compassionate & beloved Appaji is teaching HIS children in a most perfect way out of HIS love for all of us. Let’s learn and adopt each message to elevate ourselves to become better human beings. Koti pranams and thanks to Pujya Appaji. JGD

    • Niran on July 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    When we prostate at the feet of the sunshine of our universe -Appaji, we are in a state of ecstacy. Hence we are in a state beyond Happiness. To such a Sadguru Deva, JGD

    • rose sheppard webster on July 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Jai Guru Datta, Apagi!
    This video is breathtaking and You are truly the Sun. Thank You for these daily messages. The advise You give has been very helpful and useful and it has not been difficult to put Your daily advise into practice. Thank You for being our Datta Guru. You are my heart beat.
    Sri Guru Datta!

  2. Jaya Guru Datta
    I prostrate to YOU APPAJI my Sadguru and sun. Joyful i like performing the Surya Namaskar and to bow down to the highest dive form Sadgurudeva 🙂
    Sri Guru Datta

    • Mukund Mohan on July 31, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Jai Guru Datta !!
    Think of Appaji itself is Joy !! Joy !! Joy Only !! Worries fly away at once !!
    Great SGS MMS , thank you Dear Puttuji !!
    Joyful Humble Prostrations to Suryadeva Parama Pujya Sri Sri Sri Swamiji who reside in
    my Heart !!
    Sri Guru Datta Hanuman Ki Jai !! Om Namo Hanumathe Namaha !!

  3. Jaya Guru Datta! Wonderful message and symbolism so beautifully explained by Puttuji. An important lesson in the manner and attitude towards prayer – something to live by.

  4. JGD, thank you Swami Ji for the beautiful visuals, bhajan and the message. Will follow your advise.

    • S.Sulakshana on July 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Jai Guru Datta
    Surya Deva Pahi Pahi.
    The colour combinations and the animations in the video are beautiful.

    Have You Got A SUNSHINE SMILE…
    Have You Got A SUNSHINE S-M-I-L-E
    Wherever You May God’s Goodness You’ll Show
    Have You got Sunshine Smile….: )

    With joyful prostrations at the lotus feet of Sri Swamiji.

    Om Namo Hanumate Namah
    Sri Guru Datta

    • Manu on July 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Jai Guru Datta,
    I´m deeply touched by this wonderful video and I want to thank you, Puttugam, for releasing these messages for us. I live in Germany wich is far away from the Ashram in Mysore and it´s difficult for me to come there physically, though I consider the Ashram as my spiritual home. So if I can connect with Sri Swamiji this way it is very helpful and I´m greatful for this opportunity. It helps strengthening the bond. Thank you and JGD

    • Srikanth Akula on July 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks for detailed explanation and letting us know how to leave anxieties and worries and importance of the same.

    • Nalini on July 31, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Om Guru Deva Datta Surya Namah – Very easy to be joyfull when praying to our beloved Sadguru Deva Surya Datta. It always makes me happy to think of the Divine. It’s so releasing.

    • Chakravarthy Terlapu on July 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful and in depth explanation. I keep reading this again and again. This explanation has Karma, Bhakti and Jnana yoga embedded in it. Each MMS message is like a maha mantra. They appear simple but have a profound meaning. Your explanations to each one of them is like showing the treasure hidden in the sea. I am only looking at the surface but you are taking us deep inside and showing the jewels, precious stones, diamonds etc. Humble prostrations to the lotus feet of Puttugamji. I cannot express the wonderful joy that I get by reading your explanations again and again.

    • pushpa on July 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Joyfull prostrations to the omnipresent Creator Gurudatta Deva Swamiji. om namo hanumate namaha.

    • on July 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta!
    Thank you for this wonderful message. It shows us that our connection to God is of joyful nature. Like the first sun rays after days of rain.
    Sri Guru Datta
    Om Suryaya Namah
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah

    • Mohina Rama Devi on July 31, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Appaji, Thank you for guiding us, bless us and take us along with you Appaji.Sri Guru Datta, Om Suryaya Namaha Om Namo Hanumate Namaha

    • Padma Madala on July 31, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta, Sri Guru Datta, Om Namo Hanumathea Namaha.

    • Nandini Prakasarao Velagapudi on July 31, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Such a simple and deep message. We take for granted praying daily without realizing how we pray. Swamiji, this message teaches us how to pray is as important as other philosophical discussions. The background colorful scenery and Swamiji’s face shining like a sun is gripping. It is amazing how Swamiji gives messages in different languages which indicates that He keeps His devotees from all background in His mind always.

    • Anirudh on July 31, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Sri Guru Datta Appaji

    • on July 31, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    this may be one of my most favorite MM videos….. The colors are exquitsite and excitive in the right way… toward the divine … to the sun to our Swamiji… It should be played over and over again!!!JGD!

    • on July 31, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Appaji,

    Thank you for the great video and detailed explanation about it. It is truly a great feeling when we offer our prayers and prostrations in joy, we can feel the communion between the atma and paramatma. Appaji always tells you don’t have to physically talk to me, sit before my picture and pray, i will hear everything and give blessing. I pray to Pujya Guru Deva to bless us with such state of mind always.

    Sri Guru Datta

    • Hanuman Hoffman on August 1, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Sri Swamiji is my Sun, shining more brightly in my heart each day as I ask Him to look at this devotee. Regardless of how I feel in any given moment, I make it a point to enjoy as I Bow down to my Datta Sadguru each day. I always rise up feeling lighter. I know His compassion and feel it throughout my physical form. Thank you Appaji. JGD

    • karuna on August 1, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Jai Guru Datta…Om Namo Suryaya Namah…another beautiful teaching…another beautiful video…thank You for replacing the sadness once in my heart with joy…it is only due to Your love, and great compassion that i can sail through troubled waters now so smoothly, and know that all is in Your hands…thank You Appaji for another day with You…Sri Guru Datta

  5. Jaya Guru Datta Puttuji,
    This is a beautiful video. I just realized one unusual feature in it. The moving colorful clouds in the sky are not reflected in the waters. The reflection shows only still, white clouds! Perhaps the still, pure white clouds show the nature of Sadgurudeva’s heart while the bright multi-colored racing clouds show the nature of our minds that are never steady and are always colored by passions. I pray joyfully and sincerely that our hearts should merge in purity and stillness with the heart of our Datta Sadguru Sri Swamiji. Thank you for this MMS Video and the enlightening explanation of it by you in such loving and caring words.
    Sri Guru Datta

    • Sastri on August 1, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Jai guru Datta
    As Swamiji says, prayer should be our every action ,thought and deed.hope I can live up to this with your grace a Sri Swamiji.prostrations to your lotus feet.

    • datts on August 1, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Puttuji you convey Sadgurudeva’s messages so simple and easy to understand. How deep meanings each and every action of our Sadguru has!!

    • Archana Penukonda on August 1, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Jaya Guru Datta! Thank You, Appaji, for this enlightening message. Prayers and worship calm us down, but we often take our worries and anxieties and emotions with us to our prayers, believing that we’re simply dealing with a rough day. I’m beginning to understand more and more through Your messages that how we feel is completely up to us, it’s a choice. So, sitting down for prayers by emptying the mind and ignoring all emotions by remembering that they have no real existence will help us pray with a calm mind. It is probably not easy to experience communion with the Lord, but Guru’s grace and consistent practice will get us there.
    Your commentary also reminds me of Mata Jayalakshmi’s dedication towards household chores. Every chore around the house was an act of workshop for Mata Jayalakshmi. If we are to follow in Her footsteps, every act in our daily life should also be considered an act of worship. Also, it feels like offering prayers and worship joyfully is the panacea for all disturbances of the mind. For example, instead of taking our anger with us to our prayers, we could do a little pranayama and then offer our prayers joyfully – eliminating the anger in the process.
    How these gems of messages flow from our Sadguru!!! Obeisances to the Holy Lotus Feet! Aren’t we the most blessed souls on earth! With Your grace, we will sincerely put these instructions in to practice and move closer to Your Lotus Feet, one step at a time.

    • on August 1, 2012 at 5:22 am

    JGD Appaji. This MMS is true and I have experienced it. Being true to God and offerring prayers with an open and calm mind is indeed miraculous. You have given us innumerable examples in so many speeches of how we should concentrate on God and not bother about anything else that is external God and us.
    In my experience, praying for “something” is selfish, but praying for “being able to have strength and focus to do something” is much more powerful. It does help me gather a lot of courage and determination. My partner to achieve my goal is listening to my fav Guru Gita and Vishnu Sahasranama. They immediately give me a push to start things on a good note 🙂

    Will always remember this advice. It can only work good for us. Thanks for being so protective and concerned about us 🙂

    • on August 1, 2012 at 5:25 am

    JGD Puttuji. Your analogies are self explanatory. They make me see the essence of the MMS in totality. Thank you Puttuji!! It is absolutely thrilling to comprehend the essence of your explanation. Each time I read, I see something new in it 🙂 Your efforts are truly truly appreciated. Thanking you a million times 🙂

  6. Dear and Respected Puttugam.
    Appaji’s Marathi language is so original. As if a Marathi person is speaking.
    Puttugam, You have so beautifully described on the message today. It is like Bhashyam on the message. Since each message has so many meanings in so many dimensions, detailed explanation from Puttugam gives authenticity to what we perceive and understand. Pranams.

    • G LALITHA on August 1, 2012 at 9:42 am

    JGD Appaji – Everyday by the simple messages we are learning a lot. It is teaching us how to start the day and how to behave with others. Do things what you expect from others and be blessed by Pujya Sadguru Deva – SGD.

  7. Jaya Guru Datta Appaji,
    I am very excited to see this video. During my Sandhyavandanam I feel my Sadguru Swamiji is in the form of Surya Deva before me. Thanks Sadguru Deva for blessing us with this video.

    • Prasad Madala on August 1, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Jaya Guru Datta,
    Koti pranaamams to the lotus feet of our SADGURU DEVA.
    What a butiful message from our LORD Sachchidananda about the way we should do prayers and offer prostrations. We all should learn and impliment it in our life. JGD!

    • Madhavi on August 1, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Jaya guru datta Appaji
    Bhajan and video presentation about the nature is excellent. Thank you for the wonderful message. Really it’s a great feeling, when we see swamiji picture and offering our prayers.

    Sri Guru Datta
    Om Suryaya Namah
    Om Namo Hanumathe Namah.

    • Sara on August 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Jai Guru Datta Appaji. I like the colours depicted in this beautiful video. Thank you for always teaching us.

    • Radha from on August 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta!
    Joy of my life – Sun of my life – I bow down with joyous prostrations to You Surya Deva Pujya Sri Swamiji! S.G.D.!

    • Sita on August 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta, This is a very significant message for all of us, and Puttuji’s explanation is very enlightening.The state of mind is important when prayers are being offered.Thank you Sri Gurudeva! Om Namo Hanumate Namaha.!

    • Sadashiva on August 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta,

    It’s such a pleasure to read the powerful explanation of Puttuji, together with this short video with Swamiji giving his message. It makes me feel very connected.


    • lalithabalaji on August 2, 2012 at 2:01 am

    jai guru datta puttuji ,om namo hanumathe namah, sri rama jaya rama jaya jaya rama, sri ganapathi sachchidananda sadgurubyonamah

    • venkateswarudu bhadhra on August 2, 2012 at 2:04 am

    jai guru datta om namo hanu mathe namah

    • prakashbabu bhadra on August 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    jai gurudevdatta, sri ganapathi sachchidanandasadgurubyonamh sri rama jaya rama jaya jaya rama, om namo hanumathe nmah

    • Sathesh Ramesar on August 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks for our daily vitamins once more.

    Om Namo Hanumate Namaha

  8. Jai Guru Datta Swamiji! Thank You for this beautiful video and reminder about offering our prayers
    joyfully. Puttuji’s explanation is especially helpful in pointing out that when we pray and let go of
    our anxieties and worries (by surrendering them) it is more effective. In my experience, when I
    have prayed in this way it feels as though a burden has been lifted. There is a lightness of being.
    Sri Guru Datta!

    • Sowjanya on August 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta
    Our Datta Guru Sri Swamiji is really Giving us a wonderful experience through the MMS. This message is very bright and great. Our sadgurudeva is shining bright as Suryadeva. He is giving light to all of us to remove our darkness. We are blessed.

  9. Sri Swamiji’s messages are pregnant with fullsome meaning. Prostration is a part of prayer and it amounts to total ‘samarpan’ and furthermore the contact with the mother earth physically adds to the spiritual feel with which it is done. Whatever may be the purport it stems from a noble tradition that is Indian.

    • on August 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Jai gurU Datta, Appaji. A wonderful message from Pujya Gurudeva! Sometimes, without our knowledge, when we are doing japa, or chanting an Ashtottara, our voice becomes stern, and the face becomes stiff, etc, etc. …! If there are children around, they will probably get scared and run away. Probably the Lord also will run away, looking at our scary face 🙂 Divine Father is joy! Chanting His name is Joy! The video visuals, Pujya Appaji’s bhajan and the message are meticulously presented. Thank you, Appaji, for mentoring us every single day with these invaluable messages. Sri Guru Datta.

    • omgam on August 12, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Prostrations and Prayers ~ 31 July 2012

    Namaste Puttuji, wonderful video of golden yellow color sky, Sri Swamiji’s composition as background music, beautiful photographs of Sri Swamiji offering prayers to Sun God. Prostrations and prayers should always be offered joyfully. Sri Swamiji specified in Guru Gita that one should not feel shy while offering prostrations to God or Guru not bothering who is looking. Prayers when offered heart fully with joy gives extensive result and improves concentration and enhances love towards God. 
    Story of Sri Krishna tulabharam tells us how important is heart ful prayers. When Satyabhama who is proud of her wealth tries to weigh Lord Sri Krishna with golden blocks, silver etc in the game played by Sage Narada to reduce her pride as advised by Lord Sri Krishna. She fails to weigh The Lord with 1000’s of kg’s of her wealth. Where as Rukmini, an incarnation of Godess Sri Lakshmi weighs Him with one twig of tulasi  with whole hearted devotion. Whole hearted devotion with no intention to show off always over weighs show off devotion and prayers offered sadly expecting better results.  Thank You and namaste Puttuji. 

    • svetha on August 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    OM Surya Namaha Suriadeva mampahi OM BHANAVE NAMAHA
    SWAMIJI erscheint als strahlende Sonne. Ich will mich daran erinnern, wenn ich mich sorgenvoll an DICH wende, nicht weiss, wie ich DIR begegnen kann, ob ich „es“ richtig mache. Ich will mich erinnern und meine Freude spüren, dass ich auch so wie ich gerade bin, mich an DICH wenden darf.
    Danke SWAMIJI, DU meine SONNE.

    • Kumaran on August 26, 2012 at 2:42 am

    JGD.. very significant and meaningful explanation given by Puttu ji. Aum Shanti aum.

    • Joseph on February 27, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Beautiful message, prostrations and prayers are done to help ourselves in difficulties and help ourselves when we are happy also. We tend to perceive only lacuna in life and in this process we are not able to enjoy whatever we are gifted with. With every prostration and prayer i like to thank God for whatever HE has blessed me with, for whatever i’m today enjoying my life and want to seek HIS help for those situations I’m not able to handle with. Thank You Jesus for everything You had blessed me with and the protection You will give me forever. Thank YOU so much oh lord for being in my life to guide me always in right path and everything You had blessed me with.

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