Prarthana and Pooja are different; one being supplication and another being a communication.  Our scriptures describe ritualistic traditions of Puja, Homa, Yajna etc. These are commonly practised in India and have a place in the daily life of most Indian families. A pooja seems like a simple expression of devotion, culture or habit. In fact, it is highly meta physical science in operation.   Similarly, are the homas and Yajnas conducted by families and social groups for special occasions. Upanishads describe the Yajna to be both external and internal, the internal being at the core of the purpose of human life.


The meaning of the term Yajna evolved from “ritual sacrifice” and also “personal attitude and action or knowledge” that required devotion and dedication. The later Vedic Upanishads expand the idea further by suggesting that Yoga is a form of Yajna. The Shvetashvatara Upanishad and Garbha Upanishad, use the analogy of Yajna materials to explain the means to see one’s soul and God, with inner rituals and without external rituals. Similarly, the sixteen or sixty-four step Pooja process too can be described as an internal process.


These agamas, or metaphysical rituals are structured in a methodical process to establish a connection with the Universal Energy Field and seamlessly draw Peace, Abundance and Grace into our lives. These are regularly practised at many Hindu temples too. This process of worship turns a ritual into a working laboratory of Human Consciousness.


At Shivanetra, we focus on sharing the knowledge of the deeply embedded meaning of the Agama rituals and its various components. The topics covered are

  • Deities: the worshipped and the worshipper

  • The Universal Connect

  • The Science of Prayer

  • Power of Human Intention

  • Belief systems

  • Sacred Geometry, Sacred Sounds and Scared Sequences

  • Fire – the carrier of intentions

  • Heart Intelligence and Bhakthi [dedication and devotion]

  • Nature of materials used in rituals

  • The different steps of the process and their implications