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THE PHILOSOPHY
AND SIGNIFICANCE OF
IDOL WORSHIP
By
SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA
Sri Swami Sivananda
Founder of
The Divine Life Society

SERVE, LOVE, GIVE,
PURIFY, MEDITATE,
REALIZE

So Says
Sri Swami Sivananda
A DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY PUBLICATION
First Edition:
1960
Second Edition:
1975
Third Edition:
1993
(3,000 Copies)
World Wide Web (WWW) Edition: 2001
WWW site: http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/
This WWW reprint is for free distribution
\u00a9 The Divine Life Trust Society
Published By

THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
P.O. SHIVANANDANAGAR\u2014249 192
Distt. Tehri-Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh,
Himalayas, India.

CONTENTS

Worship of the Image. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Benefits of Upasana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Saguna Upasana and Nirguna Upasana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
The Bhavas in Bhakti Yoga. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Puja And Ishta Devata. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
The Idol\u2014A Prop For The Spiritual Neophyte. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Everyone an Idol-Worshipper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
A Medium For Establishing Communion With God. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
A Symbol of God. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
An Integral Part of Virat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Idol Worship Develops Devotion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Regular Worship Unveils The Divinity In The Idol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
The Image, A Mass Of Chaitanya. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
When Idols Became Alive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Vedanta and Idol Worship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
From Ritualistic Bhakti To Para Bhakti. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
The Glory of Hindu Philosophy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
To Sum Up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
The Temple. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Glory of Prasad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Philosophy of Hindu Symbols. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
The Siva Linga. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Faith And Idol Worship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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