adhyesana, the devotee requests the assistance of those who are more
enlightened. When paired with yacana, it is the penultimate step of
the anuttara puja. The goal is
a mind dedicated to others and to attaining enlightenment. It is
similar to the ultimate goal of yoga – enlightenment and
unification with the yogi's highest nature.
spiritual exercises of anuttara puja
- Vandana (obeisance, bowing
puja (worship) – paying homage to the Buddha.
Some sources list these as separate steps.
- Sarana-gamana (going for
refuge) – committing to the path to enlightenment by seeking
“refuge” in the Buddha,
dharma or spiritual community.
- Papadesana (confession of
sins) – appraisal
of one's shortcomings and a resolve to overcome them.
- Punyanumodana (rejoicing in
merit) – honoring one's own and others' positive qualities.
- Adhyesana (prayer,
(surrender) – the declaration of altruism and self-denial.
While some sources separate yacana and
adhyesana, others separate vandana and puja as distinct steps, in
each case creating a seven-fold path of worship.