HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : 30-6




30. Philosophy of Idol Worship - 6

6- Idol worship Develops Devotion

Idol worship makes concentration for man simple and easy.

You can bring before your mind’s eye the great pastimes of the Lord in His particular incarnation in which you view Him.

This is one of the easiest modes of Self-realisation.

It is one that suits the majority of people today.


    Just as the picture of a famous warrior evokes heroism in your heart, so also a look at the picture of God will elevate your mind to divine heights.

Just as the child develops the maternal feeling by caressing, nursing and protecting its doll made of rags, and suckles it in an imaginary manner, so also the devotee develops the feeling of devotion by worshipping the idol and concentrating on it.

Next : 7- Unveiling the Divinity in the Idol

Swami Sivananda
 To be continued  ....


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