祭壇 – 我該如何運用它？
即將結束使用祭壇前，我雙手合十向我的老師鞠躬，並說：Jai Guru Dev ，意思是：勝利歸於神聖的老師，然後我先熄滅左邊的蠟燭，然後熄滅右邊的蠟燭，即關閉了光之門。
Jay Guru Dev
My altar – how do I use it?
Typically, our altars have various objects, several of which can be found on most altars. One or more images or symbols that describe the orientation of the altar.
A fire bowl or an Arathi vessel.
If I have a spiritual teacher, I approach him in the outside during his physical absence, as I approach my altar. My inner attitude adapts to that. I approach my altar as I approach my teacher. I take off my shoes, focus on my teacher with my heart, avoid extending my feet to him.
When I want to open up for the encounter, I light the candles as gates of light, through which I walk to meet my teacher. It does not matter if I light the candles with matches or a lighter. First I light the left candle, then the right candle. I am open to meeting my teacher and avoid contact with others in the room during this ritual, do not chatter, have my phone switched off.
I then light an incense stick on the left candle and bless my teacher with the burning incense stick. I surrender to myself as the incense surrenders to the fire. I do not expect anything but to be on the altar of my teacher as holy ashes. Should my teacher be physically in the room, I bless Him and not His image.
The Mala I use for mantra recitation, I count the mantras on the pearls of the Mala, to abide to a ninefold repetition. Nine as a symbol of the imperishable that does not change. Each number multiplied by nine remains in its checksum nine. I move the mala between thumb and forefinger, whereby the index finger symbolizes my ego and the thumb God. I bring my ego to God in this Mudra, where I place my index finger tip on the tip of my thumb.
I use a fire bowl or Arathi vessel as a fire sacrifice to purify my actions and place them in the service of my teacher. In the fire I recognize myself in Him and my soul as it rises in the smoke to him. At the end of my altar session, I bow with folded hands to my teacher, Jai Guru Dev, victory to the Divine Teacher, and I close the gates of light by first extinguishing the left and then the right candle.
When I clean the altar, I do the same in the same posture as in the altar. I use clean towels as I would use them to wash my teacher. Jay Guru Dev