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My question is about worship while performing puja my mind wanders and forcefully think about  very bad things like toilet places vulgar images why this happens to me should I meditate for performing puja?
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Dear Suresh,

Thank you for your question.

The purpose of puja and other sadhanas is to purify the mind. If our minds were already pure, we wouldn't need to do them.

Never allow any stray or unwanted thoughts to trouble you. Neither fight nor entertain bad thoughts, for doing either only energizes them. Rather, quietly, patiently bring your mind each time back to the feet of God/dess. Pray earnestly for devotion and right knowledge. Ask that you never be deluded by Maya. In time your mind will become pure, through the Grace of God/dess.

Also, do japa of the deity's mantra throughout the day every waking moment your full attention is not needed elsewhere. It is like pouring pure water into an inkwell attached to a desk. At first the water that comes out seems very dirty. But as you continue to pour pure water into the inkwell, it will gradually become clean.

Best wishes,

Brother William

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I can answer questions about Vedanta philosophy, Patanjali Yoga philosophy and practice, Tantra, Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, Vivekachudamani (Shankara`s Crest-jewel of Spritual Discrimination), Advaita (non-dualism), the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda tradition, Goddess worship, meditation practice, Hindu monasticism (sannyasa), and Sanskrit.

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I've been studying and practicing Vedanta and Tantra since 1969.

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I'm the founder and spiritual director of Ashram West, a gay spiritual community based on traditional Hindu Tantra. I have been a member of the Vedanta Society of Southern California since 1969.

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I have three books in print: GAY TANTRA, ESSAYS ON GAY TANTRA, BLOOD OF THE GODDESS.

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I hold a B.A. in Sanskrit (UC Berkeley 1975) and an M.A. in clinical psychology (Antioch University 1986).

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