I bathe him and then I take bath myself, I sit down, take out my chanting beads and start ‘Hare Krishna, ……’. He too starts, ‘Hale Klisna….., Hale Lama……’
Come lets freshen and then light the diyas.
He:I(says name) won’t, I am clean ,see.(shows me hands).
Me: Alright then no need but then you can’t light the agarbathi (incense sticks).
He: I will
Me: Then you have to wash your feet, hands, face ( being specific).
He goes obediently
[ In the morning its his father who does the pooja, evening its our duty]
I light the lamps, he takes out the agarbathi, perches on my arms, lights them.
I begin with invocation to Ganesh, then mool mantra and then….
‘Twamev mata cha pita tamev…..
and then its his turn;
Gulu blamha, Gulu Vishnu, gulu devo Maheshwara
gulu saksath, pala blahma, tasmayi shli guluve namaha. 🙂 😀
ANd then a prayer in konkani which we teach kids right from their birth
‘Swamideva (his name) vidya, buddhi, aysh, aarogya, sampathi divuna hod kolnu di’
‘Dear God let me grow big with education, intelligence, health, long life and wealth’
Needless to say that to bring him to say aloud this prayer has taken me three long years