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    Is idol worshipping is a superstitious act?

    Except for few, in many of the religions, they can be seen praying in front of an idol being the personification in idol forms of their favorite deities. These idols are offered with the Aarti, with fruits & sweets so as to show their respect to them. In addition to this, these idols are decorated with jewels & clothing too.

    My question is about how far that these are justified for us as a devotee?
  • #645611
    In fact every religion in having one thing or the other before them as a thing to say their prayers. For Hindus Idols may be the source of offering prayers and Pujas. For Muslims they turn towards the west as that is position of Mecca to which they target and pray with Quran recital . And like wise for the Sikhs they have the Guru Granth in front of them and pray. For Parsis they pray before the fire and so on. When every religion is offering prayer with one thing or the other, then why there should be botheration for others when the Hindus offer prayers to the Idols in which they see the incarnation of the particular avtar.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #645614
    #645611, I don't have any intention of whatsoever but instead wants to have with the personal experiences of the members with an addition of some interesting facts which may have come around to you.

  • #645615
    You can pray even without an idol also. God is everywhere and anywhere. So you can pray just like that. But if there is an object before us we can focus more on the object. Without anything in front, we may not focus and concentrate our mind. That is why the idol worship has been initiated. If you have a strong belief in God you can pray anywhere anytime.
    Hiranyakasapa asked Prahalada, where is your God. Prahlada replied that he will be anywhere and everywhere. The Hiranyalasapa asked Prahlada to show the God in a pillar of that building. Prahlada prayed and God has appeared from the pillar.
    So the belief is more important. You need not have an idol in front of you.

    always confident

  • #645620
    But doesn't the idol worshipping limit us to a certain posture here which shouldn't be the case? Don't we feel that if the idol worshipping wasn't there then the belief would have found everywhere because in the mean time this is found to be within the boundary wall of a temple & as we come out from this boundary we immediately behaved like a different personality? Isn't is the case?

  • #645622
    Not necessarily. You thing idols confine our devotion. According to me, idols concentrate our devotion. You must know whom or to what you are praying to. You see...in countries with idol worship, there is a system of "loving my God". Literally. Meera for an example fell in love with Lord Krishna. A Greek king got obsessed with the statue of Aphrodite. Venus's statues are the most depicted ones in renaissance. Why? Idols, atleast the enigmatic ones, provoke a sense of personal experience. You can touch, feel and love God as your companion now. Which is never possible in non-idol worship. They might respect their God, but they cannot share a friendship or passionate love towards their God, because they have labelled their God as omnipresent and non-gendered one.
    Gods are a subject of fascination and fantasy too. And idols let us feel more intimate with our patron deities.

    The stronger a light shines the darker are the shadows around it.

  • #645635
    Anything which can not be justified in rational and logical ways is accepted as belief and tradition.

    Idol is a symbol of eternal power believed as God in most of the societies and as we can not see God we keep an imaginary form of it in form of a idol and worship it.

    Faith and beliefs can not be assessed in scientific terms. They simply exist in the mind of the people who believe in these divine concepts. They blindly follow them whether we call it superstition or religious rigidity.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #645640
    There is no need for an idol, but we need an idol for concentration towards the God. God created man in live form, and man created God in idol form. It is the sculptor(stone smith) who designed the image of God in various forms. The God is the combination of all the five elements of nature. They are the Bhoomi, Akash, Agni, Jal and vayu.

    Let me explain how we worship these five elements in a temple.
    1. Akash(Sky) - We look at the temple tower from far and worship the Lord.
    2. Bhoomi (Earth)- We fall or bent and touch the ground in the temple premises and worship the deity.
    3. Jal -(Water) We see the Abhishekam of various liquids like oil, milk, curd, tender coconut, chandan, etc
    4. Vayu (Air)- We hear the bell and drum beats through the air and worship.
    5. Agni(Fire) - We see the Aarthi and worship the God.


    No life without Sun

  • #645663
    But so far we seems to have agreed upon with the personification of the supreme power & that this helping in the concentration & meditation in any individual but this somehow has created rigidity within all of us who observe their deities within a certain area & don't follow the same when being outside. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

  • #645669
    #645663. Confusing. What is that - "don't follow the same when being outside". Explain it to understand clearly.
    No life without Sun

  • #645679
    There is one scenario wherein we are within the premises of a temple & there is another scenario wherein we are outside of the premises of a temple. The important thing to note is that in both scenario, although we still believing in the supreme power but we are not maintaining the same culture throughout. What I meant is that we follow the proper faith & respect when we are within the premise of a temple but this faith & respect goes missing from our part when we leave this premise of a temple. Why so?

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