I had the opportunity today to attend a Hindu aarthi worship service for the first time, as part of a field trip we arranged with my Saivite satguru friend for the homeschool group. It was… intense, at least for me. It was quite short, just a routine lunchtime puja – but I found the experience, the opportunity to directly touch and see an ancient, living (not resurrected) polytheist worship tradition in action was something truly amazing. And, actually, I think the routine-ness of it was part of the magic.
I’m sure I’ll be going back.