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The Philosophy And Significance Of Idol Worship: Misunderstood Practice Of Hindus

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Worship is the effort on the part of the Upasaka he who does Upasana or worship to reach the proximity or presence of God or the Supreme Self. Upasana literally means ‘sitting near’ God. Upasana is approaching the chosen ideal or object of worship by meditating on it in accordance with the teachings of the Sastras and the Guru and dwelling steadily in the current of that one thought, like a thread of oil poured from one vessel to another (Tailadharavat).

It consists of all those observances and practices—physical and mental—by which the aspirant or Jijnasu makes a steady progress in the realm of spirituality and eventually realizes in himself, in his own heart, the presence of Godhead.

The mind becomes that on which it meditates in accordance with the analogy of the wasp and the caterpillar (Bhramara-Keeta Nyaya). Just as you think, so you become. This is the immutable psychological law. There is a mysterious or inscrutable power (Achintya Sakti) in Upasana which makes the meditator and the meditated identical.

  • By: SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA
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