In Prasanthi Nilayam, the day starts with a chant "OM" 21 times at early dawn. Each part of this chanting is significant, and knowing the significance can make this spiritual discipline more meaningful to us.
‘Su’ means good, auspicious and ‘Prabhath’ means morning. ‘Suprabhatam’ refers to the morning prayers that are chanted in praise of the Lord to awaken the divinity present within each individual. It is the act of dedicating oneself to the Lord and praying for His blessings right at the start of a new day.
The waving of the camphor flame (arathi) at the end of the prayer or bhajan session is to remind you that your sensual cravings must be burnt away without leaving any trace behind. You must offer yourself completely to God, to be merged in His Glory.
- Divine Discourse, Sep 8, 1966
Vibhuti, or Sacred Ash, is distributed at the end of a devotional meeting session. Baba says Vibhuti is a constant reminder of the evanescence of the body, and all material objects, which, ultimately, reduce to ashes.