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The Philosophy and Significance of Idol Worship

The Philosophy and Significance of Idol Worship

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Published by Swanand Raikar
Swami Sivananda explains the philosophy behind the much misunderstood practice of the Hindus.
Swami Sivananda explains the philosophy behind the much misunderstood practice of the Hindus.

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THE PHILOSOPHYAND SIGNIFICANCE OF
IDOL WORSHIP
 By
 
SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA
Sri Swami SivanandaFounder of The Divine Life Society
 
SERVE, LOVE, GIVE,PURIFY, MEDITATE,REALIZESo SaysSri Swami Sivananda
 
A DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY PUBLICATION
 
First Edition: 1960Second Edition: 1975Third Edition: 1993(3,000 Copies)World Wide Web (WWW) Edition: 2001WWW site: http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/ 
This WWW reprint is for free distribution
 
© The Divine Life Trust Society
 
Published By
 THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETYP.O. S
HIVANANDANAGAR
249 192Distt. Tehri-Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh,Himalayas, India.
 
CONTENTS
Worship of the Image. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1Benefits of Upasana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1Saguna Upasana and Nirguna Upasana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2The Bhavas in Bhakti Yoga. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2Puja And Ishta Devata. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3The Idol—A Prop For The Spiritual Neophyte. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4Everyone an Idol-Worshipper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5A Medium For Establishing Communion With God. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5A Symbol of God. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6An Integral Part of Virat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7Idol Worship Develops Devotion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7Regular Worship Unveils The Divinity In The Idol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7The Image, A Mass Of Chaitanya. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8When Idols Became Alive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8Vedanta and Idol Worship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9From Ritualistic Bhakti To Para Bhakti. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9The Glory of Hindu Philosophy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10To Sum Up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11The Temple. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12Glory of Prasad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13Philosophy of Hindu Symbols. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14The Siva Linga. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15Faith And Idol Worship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
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