Pujas and Temples
Vedic Yajnas or sacrifices were not mere primitive
rituals but sophisticated and scientific ways of harnessing the
secret powers of nature to affect changes in our karma, both
individually and collectively. These yajnas center on fire rituals
and fire offerings. Fire is the elemental force through which we can
connect with all the powers of nature. As the central of the five
elements it mediates between the formless spiritual realms above
(air and ether) and the formed material realms below (earth and
Hindu devotional rituals or pujas are precise
practices to connect us with the higher worlds of intelligence, joy
and creativity that oversee this lower, limited physical realm.
Pujas generate subtle influences (tanmatras) that link us with the
deities or cosmic powers.