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An explaination to sahaja yogis by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, as to why sometimes they first chant 21 names of Shri Vishnu before starting a Puja.
……………” Why these 21 names are taken before every puja , even before invoking Shri Ganesha. But even before worshipping Him why these names are taken, is important to understand. Everything has a “why” . Because these are the 21 channels within your Sushumna. 21 channels ,we should say in this, complete Ida ,Pingala and Sushumna nadi. So ,to raise you….. absolutely ,to give you the ascent ,21 channels in Ida ,Pingala Sushumna .
So one would say ,7 channels in the Sushumna nadi , but these 7 channels are divided….multiplied by 7 into 3 .
So every channel has got 21 other channels. So Sushumna nadi has got also 21 channels Left hand side nadis are ,as you know that ,perhaps you know I don’t know if you know the names, and the right hand side also like Gayatri ,Parvati and all these are on the right hand side .And the left ones are called as “Chamundi” and all these left sided things. There are 7 of them .
Now the central path has got 21 channels and has got 21 powers .And their deities are named according to the 21 aspects of Shri Vishnu and that’s why these 21 aspects are first said, so that within you all these 21 channels are awakened .Within you ,first of all .
Puja is a double thing .That, a cup has to be made and then the source has to be opened out. So you are the cup. The Sushumna is the channel you have by which you suck it . So to open the Sushumna these 21 names are said .
Now why FIRST Shri Ganesha? Because Shri Ganesha is the beginning of the desire and the end of the desire .You start with Ganesha and end up with Ganesha. That’s why Shri Ganesha is worshipped….is the other way round now… the source ! When you direct your attention to the source you worship it and when you want to incite or open out your own being , then you chant it .
This is the difference between worship and the mantra .If you just say mantra you open yourself out . But when you worship and chant then you tap the source . I don’t know if I have said before or not .
That’ s how you understand the puja part . Now those who are new comers ,their cup is completely useless. And when you excite the deities they get busy opening their cups, everybody ‘s cups also ,so it’s a double work .But if your cup is ready is very easy to fill it……….
(Extract from talk of H H Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi on Shri Adi Shakti Puja 1982.)