Five things for a happy life,
upasana -daily worship
utsava-holy days (one day of fasting a week)
tirthayatra- once a year a pilgrimage to a holy land
dharma- virtuous living
samskara- sacraments (or ceremonies marking important events in one's life, such as naming, first letter of the alphabet written, formal schooling, marriage, and funeral)
mantra, 108 daily
puja-ceremony of worship at home temple shrine
I sit, on my most comfortable pillow, focusing on the little flower my child gave me. It is immersed in a beautiful light purple vase my mother bought me at a local Salvation Army store.
It is pink and white. Next to that is a small lotus fountain. It trickles noiselessly due to the stones in the bottom and a pump that runs on prayer. My father's Ganesh copper etching makes the background.
Also at another altar in my home, is a quote from the bible, framed in a small frame, in my Pastor's Handwriting, Luke 8:12. There is a drawing of Jesus, I made by hand with a quote about the little children he lifted up. I have a small Jesus statuette and a small Virgin Mary, ironically, they are both holding babies.
There is an old silver cup in the background and a Roman numeral clock that runs on a battery that never wears out, runs on prayer also.
The universe runs on prayer.
Jesus saves, daily practice is a virtue. Let no unclean thing be uttered from this mouth from this day forward.