The word worship… comes from the middle English word Worshipe, worthiness, respect, reverence paid to a divine being this arises from the old English weorthscipe or worthiness, respect from weorth—worthy, worth and has been in use from sometime before the 12th century.
In the Indian context worship it is sometimes used as a verb and has got associated with the word ritual and in turn with the word religion, interesting “Your worship” in British English would mean a title, used to address a person of importance. Particularly magistrates or Mayors.
It is essential extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem. It could also reverence offered to a divine being or supernatural power.
When it comes to why do people worship… because it gives them a reassurance, that there is someone who stands by them? Here’s something else, it is weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such a thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships, the only choice we get is what to worship. The compelling reason for maybe choosing some fort of god, or spirit type thing to worship—be it Christ, Allah, or Krishna, the mother goddess or the four noble truths, or some inviolable code of conduct or ethical principles—it is pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. When time and age start showing you would have already died a million deaths before you’re really grieved. One level we are all aware of this stuff. This has been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables, and the skeleton of every great story. The trick is in keeping the truth up in front in daily consciousness.
Religion cannot reform mankind, because religion is slavery. It might be better to be free, to leave the forts and barricades of fear, to stand erect and face future with a smile. It is far better to give ourselves sometimes to negligence, to drift with the wave and tide with the blind force of the world, to think and dream. to forget the chains and limitations of the breathing life, to forget purpose and object to lounge in the picture gallery of the brain to feel once more the clasps and kisses of the past, to bring the morning, back, to see again, the forms and faces of the dead, to paint fair pictures for the coming years to forget all gods, their promises and threats to feel within our veins, life’s joyous stream and hear the martial music the rhythmic beating of our fearless heart. Then to rouse ourselves to do all useful things, to reach without though and deed the ideal in our brain, to give our fancies wing, that they like chemist bees, may find art’s nectar in the weeds of common things to look with trained and steady eyes for facts, t offend the subtle threads that join the distant with the now to increase knowledge to take the burdens from the week, to develop the brain to defend the right to make a palace for the soul. This is the real religion, this is real worship…. and I worship as in revere my father Dr.Srinivasa Rao P.N and my grandmother Parwathi.Rao for teaching me this path. …I revere my mother Shyla.S.Rao for showing that this practise is possible in day to day without having friction with the society.
If you do insist on worshiping the divine with presumption that the above mentioned people are not divine, this would be my worship.
Nithyaananda kari, Varaa abhya karee,
Nirddhotahakila ghora pavaanakaree,
Praaleyachala vamsa pavavakaree,
Bhikshaam dehi, krupaa valambana karee,
For her presence is the delight of every living creature, she is the most beautiful experience anyone can have, she nourishes everyone, and she is the mother Annapurna… (One who bestows food) the goddess of Kashi, the visible divine mother.
I do worship the sun for a number of reasons. First of all I can see the sun; it’s there for me every day. What it bestows on me is quite apparent all the time, the heat, light, food and a lovely day. There’s no mystery, no one asks for money, I don’t have to dress up and there’s no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found like my previous prayers, the prayers offered to the sun are also answered about the same 50% of times like other temples.
What is more important to me is the prayer at the end of the day and expression of my gratitude to the Suryanarayana, the lord of the Sun and Annapurneshwari for the blessings of the day.