Ayyappan Bhaktan

h4>The 18 aspirations of an Ayyappan Bhaktan

  1. To understand that we are firstly devotees of the Lord with our main purpose being to reach our Lord.  Secondly, we are fathers, mothers, children, brothers, sisters, employees, employers, with a worldly purpose.
  2. To see the Lord in everything and everyone.
  3. To see all devotees as equals and not discriminating between rich and poor, good and bad, young and old etc.
  4. To respect and revere the devotees of the Lord before we respect and revere the Lord.
  5. To remember that it is more important to support our fellow devotees than to support a physical structure like the Temple, an idea or belief.
  6. To empower and improve ourselves first with divine knowledge before we expect other devotees to do so. We should also remember that our attitude and not our aptitude determine our altitude.
  7. To strive to conquer and cross the steps of spiritual evolution within us which is symbolically represented by the holy18 steps leading to Lord Ayyappaa, and to share this knowledge with others.
  8. To attempt to learn as much of the mythology, history, order of worship, philosophical significance and ideals of the worship of Sri Ayyappaa and to share this with others.
  9. To realize that all achievements are obtained only through service, sacrifice, and the Grace of the Lord.  It is also only through Active Involvement that Conscious Evolvement occurs.
  10. To realize that only Austerity, called Tapas, purifies the Mind and to practice it.
  11. To utilize the temple for the glorification of the Lord and not for the “glorification” of individuals or groups.
  12. To remember that Poojaa or a religious festival at Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram is meant for worship and not for fund raising, as this distracts the devotee from the main purpose of poojaa.
  13. To develop the ability to listen to all criticism, but learn to correct that which brings positive reward with change, and forget that which is negative.
  14. To worship the concept of order in everything we do, as the reflection of the order of the unseen Supreme Being within the universe.
  15. To never forget that ingratitude is a grievous sin and to discriminate between small contributions and large ones is a bigger sin.
  16. To develop courage to stand up and speak loudly to uphold righteousness, called Dharma, as the Lord he did.
  17. To support all attempts to spread righteousness and  harmony irrespective of who is doing it.
  18. To ensure that the practice of the above makes us radiate more love, gratitude,  care, compassion, commitment ,empathy, honesty, humility, devotion, dedication, discipline and determination in the performance of our  Dharma.

 

Swaamiyeh Saranam Ayyappaa!!!