PANCH DEV UPAASANA-Worship of 5 main Deities
From the book: OUR MAHARAJ SHRI – AN INTRODUCTION.
PANCH DEV UPASANA
(Worship of 5 main Deities)
One day Swami Ramanandji said- “Chandreshwar you have completed the upaasana of Gayatri Mantra and the study of the various Shaastras in order to become a
Sanyaasi, but for all the worldly needs and desires you have to worship the 5 main deities.”
(Swami Ramanandji Maharaj)
“The main purpose of Panch – Dev Pooja is to give happiness, Peace and Contentment. Good thoughts emerge in the mind and divine energy is manifested in the body and the behavior experiences a sense of freedom by which the mind is easily directed toward Bra’hmaan. The different devtas are the manifestations of Bra’hmaan who is actually unthinkable, unmanifested, unlimited and without a form. Bra’hmaan can only be known by those who are free from the worldly ties and have no expectations from society. It is very difficult to achieve such a state and to visualize the image of any person or a devta without first seeing him is all the more arduous. The same applies to BRA’HMAAN also. Thus to experience the divine (NIRAAKAR BRA’HMAAN) in the deep recesses of our mind we have to first worship the SAKAAR BRA’HMAAN (The lord that has a name and form).
Gurudev explained further _ “There may be many devtas and our scriptures say that there are 33 crores devtas, but
5 main deities are to be worshipped in form. The Shaastra say that these 5 have to be worshipped in all kamya karmas. There is no suffering and remorse for such a person.”
GANESH, SURYA, DEVI, SHANKAR AND VISHNU –
the devotees of these 5 deities never lack anything and are sure to achieve name, fame and punya (merit) and their name achieves immortality.
Swami Ramanandji explained further and said –
“Son that One God only performed many Leelas and that is why He is famous as these 5 deities. I shall now explain the importance of each one of them, listen carefully.”
GANESH – गणपति
(Ganpati-Ved Mandir Nj-USA)
In the Indian tradition we start everything by chanting ‘Shri Ganeshaya Namah’. In fact the word Shri Ganesh has come
to replace the word ‘commence’ in our daily language. Also known as GAJANAN He is the VIGHNESHWAR (the remover
of all obstacles) and is the giver of RIDDHI and SIDDHI (the names of His 2 wives meaning prosperity & growth and accomplishments and success.)
Ganesh or MangalMurti (an embodiment of auspiciousness) is the PRANAV or AUM itself.
When we write AUM and if we were to rotate it, we can see the two eyes and trunk of Ganesh. Merely concentrating on the idol of Ganesh and
by devotion and chanting is sure to increase our Medha (Talent) because He is the LORD OF THE SENSES.
The Shastras command ‘Aarogyam Bhaskaradichet’.—seek the blessings of Lord Surya for good health.
The worship of this deity can relieve one of heart disease, eye-ailments and agonies of the planets in our life which occur in our life.
All the wishes of the devotee can be fulfilled. The Shaastras say the Lord Surya is the AATMA of the Universe and thus is it difficult to forget one’s own Aatma? The saints and the Brahmins have been worshipping Him every morning and evening.
A million suns lighten up the skies and the solar system. The main deity of these many suns is Shri Narayan, who is worshipped as Lord Surya. He is Para Brahman.
DEVI – MAHASHAKTI-देवी महा शक्ति
( Durga Maa- Ved Mandir NJ-USA)
Shrutis have praises for Shakti and Shaktiman and describe them as one and the same. The Supreme Lord manifests Himself as Param Purush and Para Shakti. Param Purush is described as Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh and His consort Para Shakti is known as Lakshmi, Gauri and Saraswati.
Just as the different forms of the Supreme Lord are but one form the different forms of the Devis – Durga, Rama, Seeta, Radha are actually one and the same.
The Devi is also worshipped as the Nav Durgas. She is Shakambari and She is Brahmari. She is Kul Kundalini and She is Yog Maya. Navratras are celebrated during Ashwin and Chaitra months by devotees. SAPTSHATI is the holy
tale of the Para Shakti which is described in the Markandeya Purana.
The recitation of this ‘Paath’ gives Abhuday and Nishreyas (prosperity and betterment). At the altar of the Supreme Mother our sins are pardoned. In the world we have heard
of sons being bad but we have never heard of a mother being a Bad Mother.
In this Kalyug the shastras sing the glory of GAURI and GANESH as bestower of all glories.
(Lord Shiva- at Laxmi Narayan Temple-Miami-USA)
There are many names and forms of Lord Shankar and endless characteristics and to illustrate all these, one whole book can be written. There is no place in India where there are no Shiv Lings which is the main form of worshipping Him.
The age old tradition of the Rishis of Ling Upaasana is mentioned in the Shrutis, Smritis and the Puranas. The idol of the Ling is an embodiment of the Shakti of Shiv which can help the devotee to realize Brahmaan.
Shiv is known as Bhole Baba as He gets pleased very easily and does not hesitate to give boons. He is the Lord of all Knowledge.
(Lord Vishnu in form of Bhagwan Ved – Ved Mandir- NJ-USA)
The foremost Lord in The Shrutis is Vishnu. All other forms of Vishnu are also described in the Shrutis. Lord Vishnu is
a devout worshipper of Lord Shankar as is Lord Shankar of Lord Vishnu. They are actually one. HARI–HAR are mentioned in all the scriptures. They are the two main deities to be worshipped.
Lord Vishnu is YAGNA SWAROOP (yagna here means sacrifices) and Lord Shankar is “TAP SWAROOP” ( Tap here would mean penance) Yagna and Tap are the basis of our culture.
After explaining the importance of Panch Dev Sadhana Swami Ramanandji said- “Chandreshwar, you should do this Panch Dev Upaasana by going to the Siddh Peeths”
Chandreshwar was joyous and bowed to His Guru in reverence.
Chandreshwar traveled to all the temples and shrines dedicated to the Panch Devtas.
Chandreshwar was now a lad of 22 years and by looking at the effulgence on His face it was easy to know that He was indeed the CHOSEN ONE.
The one who has the blessings of the Lord, the Guru, the Scriptures and also blessings of the Aatma, will undoubtedly radiate with the divine light.
Chandreshwar shone like the Moon and lived up to His name. The Gayatri Mantra and the Panch Devta Upaasana helped Him to achieve this.
Swami Ramanandji was thus able to shape the mould of His illustrious disciple. He had only to infuse Prana and Aatma into the GREAT PERSON
that Chandreshwar was destined to become.