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Practicing when you cannot engage in formal rituals
« on: August 17, 2019, 05:38:12 pm »
Have you thought of how you would practice should circumstances require you to forego formal ritual, if such ritual is your style?  The circumstances could be disability, living situations, whatever.   How would you go about it?

I think about this as a solitary.  If I'm lucky, I have to get old one day and may not be able to keep my rule as it is today, and sometimes when I'm visiting others I have to hide my practices unfortunately.

Since my own practices point to and cultivate my interior life, I try to discipline my mind with or without formal, longer rituals, and some of my practices are more simple and portable than others.

I would not like to forego my more involved practices, but I keep in mind I may one day have to and try to remember "the spirit of the letter."

I try to live always in the presence of the numinous, of mysteries, of my divine companions.

And while ritual in the formal sense is for me therapeutic and a form of art and psychodrama for self-expression, I attempt to cultivate what I'm aiming for in mundane activities so that one day if need be I can continue to cultivate what I'm truly seeking even without the formal externalities.  These are useful tools, but not the only ones I have.

It is a matter worth pondering.
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Re: Practicing when you cannot engage in formal rituals
« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 10:34:26 am »
Have you thought of how you would practice should circumstances require you to forego formal ritual, if such ritual is your style?  The circumstances could be disability, living situations, whatever.   How would you go about it?

If I had to, I could perform something we call manasa puja or manasika puja, i.e. "mental puja" (manas = mind). We visualize all aspects and actions of worship and perform it mentally, from preparing the altar/shrine, placing everything on the table, including water, flower, fruits, lighting the lamp and incense, the prayers and chanting mentally. Everything is mental and "imaginary". One doesn't need anything physical or material, just some privacy and concentration as with any worship. You could even do it on an airplane if you can count on being left alone and really concentrate.
śivāya vishnu rūpaya śivaḥ rūpaya vishnave
śivasya hridayam viṣṇur viṣṇoscha hridayam śivaḥ
Vishnu's appearance is Shiva; Shiva's appearance is Vishnu
Vishnu is the heart of Shiva; Shiva is the heart of Vishnu - Skandopanishad
 

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