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The Significance of Panja Bhootha Vazhipaadu (Worship of Nature)

Since prehistoric times, prayers from the Hindu religion have revolved around worshiping nature and celebrating the beginning of new seasons due to the importance that it holds. However over recent times this has significantly reduced due to the lack of awareness and understanding.

Arul Thiru Amma has revived the importance of worshipping nature and has reiterated the benefits of these prayers. 

"Nature is everything. Everything is obtained from nature".
 Arul Thiru Amma’s Divine oracles

The prayer ‘Panchapootha Vallipaddu’, worship of the 5 elements of nature, has been given by Amma to be practiced on a daily basis.

This prayer encompasses the 5 elements of nature that make up our world – earth, water, fire, wind and air. As our senses and thought process are linked to nature and are vital to keeping our soul and body under a disciplined spiritual practice the prayer also includes verses seeking to purify each of our five senses so that they are only used in a positive manner.

The prayer then concludes by asking for guidance and blessings from our spiritual guru – Arul Thiru Amma.

This prayer is usually recited at Arul Thiru Amma’s worship centers and in the household’s prayer room.

 

English transcribed methodology of prayers to the five elements of nature as instructed by Arul Thiru Amma:

(To be performed at Mandram or prayer room with a lit lamp (Sakthi Villakku))

 

  1. Place both palms together above your head in a prayer form and recite the below:

    “Omsakthiye, nilam, neer, neruppu, kaatru, aakaayam aahiya pancha poothangalum arul puriya vendum omsakthiye.”
    English translation: “Om Supreme Power - Earth, water, fire, wind, sky – the five elements of nature; grace us with your blessings - Om Supreme Power”

  1. Form a diamond, by joining both thumbs to form the lower half of the diamond and the adjoining index fingers to form the upper half of the diamond. Have one eye closed and with the other opened eye look through the gap of the diamond at the light produced by the lamp’s flame. Recite the below:

    “Omsakthiye, aruvuruvaana deivangal anaithum arulpuriya vendum omsakthiye”
    English translation: “Om Supreme Power - all deities with and without physical figures, grace us with your blessings - Om Supreme Power”

  1. Bend both knees and place the forehead against the ground. Recite the below:

    “Omsakthiye, boomadeviye, engelaiy kaathu, arulpuriya vendum omsakthiye”
    English translation: “Om Supreme Power -  Goddess of the earth, guard us and grace us with your blessings - Om Supreme Power”

  1. Keep both knees on the ground, bring your back up erect and place both hands on your chest. Recite the below:

    “Omsakthiye, ithayam parisuthamaaha iruka vendum omsakthiye”
    English translation: “Om Supreme Power - may our hearts be kept cleansed and purified - Om Supreme Power”

  1. Holding the same posture, using your right hand touch both your eyes. Recite the below:

    “Omsakthiye, nallatheiyae parka vendum omsakthiye”
    English translation: “Om Supreme Power - only good should be seen - Om Supreme Power”

  1. Holding the same posture, using your right hand touch both your ears. Recite the below:

    “Omsakthiye, nallatheiyae ketka vendum omsakthiye”
    English translation: “Om Supreme Power - only good should be heard - Om Supreme Power”

  1. Holding the same posture, place your right hand on top of your head. Recite the below:

    “Omsakthiye, ninaivu nalathaaha irukavendum omsakthiye”
    English translation: “Om Supreme Power - all thoughts should be good - Om Supreme Power"

  1. Holding the same posture, using your right hand touch your nose. Recite the below:

    “Omsakthiye, nallatheiyae swaasikka vendum omsakthiye”
    English translation: “Om Supreme Power -  only good should be inhaled - Om Supreme Power”

  1. Holding the same posture, using your right hand touch your mouth. Recite the below:

    “Omsakthiye, nallatheiyae pesa vendum omsakthiye”
    English translation: “Om Supreme Power - only good should be spoken - Om Supreme Power”
     
  1. Holding the same posture, using a finger from your right hand touch your tongue once and then  recite the below:

    “Omsakthiye, nallatheiyae rusikka vendum omsakthiye”
    English translation: “Om Supreme Power - only good should be tasted - Om Supreme Power”

  1. (OPTIONAL) Place both palms together in prayer position. Recite the below:

    “Omsakthiye, ivai anaithirkum engal aanmiha guru, udan irunthu, arul puriya vendum omsakthiye”
    English translation: “Om Supreme Power -  for all of this, our spiritual guru - grace us with your presence and blessings - Om Supreme Power”

  1. Stand up, circumambulate around yourself once and pray to the divinity within you.  

 

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