An Outpouring of Who You Are
Sadhguru: The pooja  that is performed here has a different quality than the poojas that are normally done. When a person who is into meditation does pooja, it should have a different quality. If a pooja is just a process of begging, it has no great significance. The process itself is a powerful method if done meticulously. Though it needs to be done meticulously, it is not an exercise. Guru Pooja has to be an outpouring of who you are.
There is a lot of difference in doing pooja to an idol that you just believe in and doing pooja to something that is alive and experientially true for you. For that matter, any pooja becomes alive only when the object of your pooja is alive. When a person does pooja to an object which is alive for them – alive outside and within them – the pooja attains a different kind of significance.
The Fastest Way
There are so many things that you can never learn by yourself. To learn about what this life is, one lifetime is simply not sufficient. There is a distilled knowledge of many lifetimes in certain people. To grasp that, we have to create the right situation within ourselves and Guru Pooja is a good way of doing that. By yourself, it would take many lifetimes to learn whatever understanding I have within me. People went through hundreds of lifetimes and arrived at a certain wisdom that we can grasp. They are willing to give, but we should create the right situation to receive. Guru Pooja is a very important and powerful device towards becoming receptive within yourself.
The Right Way to do Guru Pooja
When you do Guru Pooja, you should be fully there – nothing else should be present. The reason you have to learn the whole process perfectly is so that you do not have to think. The moment you think, there is no meditation. Similarly, the moment you think about what to do, there is no pooja. That is why, before we start the pooja, the arrangement should be perfect. Everything should be in its right place so that everything just flows. Guru Pooja is not something you do. It should simply flow out of you.
 Ritual worship.