- A science of using chants and offerings to manifest a powerful experience in your living space.
- This particular Guru Pooja is called Shodasha Upachara: 16 ways of welcoming a Guru.
- Guru Pooja is offered to a lamp as a symbol of all the great masters, regardless of what culture or religion they belong to.
Sadhguru: Guru Poojas are of various kinds. The Guru Pooja that is being practiced in Isha is referred to as Shodasha Upachara. Shodasha means sixteen. It is sixteen ways of receiving the Guru into your abode. We are not talking about taking the Guru into your house. The fundamental abode is your body. So the process is sixteen ways of allowing the Guru inside.
Sixteen has something to do with the 112 chakras that have manifested in the body. The seven basic dimensions multiplied by sixteen is 112; these chakras are the points of receptivity. So the Guru Pooja is structured in such a way that if you involve yourself in the process, it opens up your system to receive another dimension of life.
Guru Pooja is the most sacred and special time of the day for me. I yearn to be with my Guru, but physically it is not possible. So Guru Pooja gives me a chance to welcome him into my life and feel his presence in every form possible. It gives me a chance to express my love for him.
When I do the Guru Pooja, something within me becomes very fluid and pleasant. And this quality lingers within me throughout the day. Be it my Yoga practices or any other activity that I do, everything becomes so sweet, deep, and nourishing for my growth as a human being.