Idol Worship

Query: Idol Worship... Worshipping idols in Hinduism... Is it a ritual!

Kaivalya Jnani:
Hindus do not worship idol. They use an idol as a medium to worship God Almighty. Not only idols, in Hinduism whatever means are available... people use it as the medium for worshipping God. In villages where even the basics of life are missing... people just install a stone and taking it as a medium to worship God. Others use trees... some rivers as medium for worshiping gods and goddesses.

Whatever be the medium... how does it matter! For the masses it is difficult to assimilate the wisdom of the sacred scriptures. They do need a medium... something simpler to concentrate their thoughts upon. Installation of the statues of Jesus Christ and mother Mary in churches does not mean God Almighty exists in them. They are simply a medium for prayers.

Take the path of Mahavira (the 24th Tirthankara Jainism), or of Gautama Buddha... traverse the path traveled by Jesus Christ or prophet Mohammed... all lead to the same goal... the abode of God... the kingdom of God (aka Vaikunth in Hinduism).

The ultimate crux of life lies in the fact that we gain enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha) at the earliest.

Essay by: Kaivalya Jnani ... One who realized self in his life time! Send your query!

A to Z of Idol Worship explained in words everyone can easily understand and fathom. More on worshipping idols hinduism can be found at : Hinduism Beliefs  ... Neeru J. - 5th June 2010.

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