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  1. All saints say that God is your very soul, and you too have said that God exists and resides within us all. Then why do we practice idol worship?

    All saints say that God is your very soul, and you too have said that God exists and resides ... within us all. Then why do we practice idol worship? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: See, there are two points to ... understand in this context: 1. The field of spirituality where one speaks of God as the eternal all ...
  2. Gurudev, when Mahmud of Ghazni attacked the Somnath temple in Gujarat, then the Pundit of the temple told everyone that Lord Shiva will help us and there is no need to fight. All the soldiers surrendered their weapons but even then they were defeated. So who is the ultimate God?

    temple told everyone that Lord Shiva will help us and there is no need to fight. All the soldiers ... Otherwise why should Shiva have a trishul in his own hand? You have seen, all the Gods and Goddesses have ... in all the names and all the forms, but it is only one Divinity. So just one idol, one Shiva Linga, ...
  3. In Shiva Purana it is said that anyone who worships Lord Shiva is freed from all sins. Does this mean that corruption begins at the top?

    In Shiva Purana it is said that anyone who worships Lord Shiva is freed from all sins. Does this ... that which comes out of fullness. In Puranas, many things are written. I’m not an advocate of all the ... All the poojas you do are to express your fullness, not to please God. I think this is a very wrong ...
  4. Gurudev, we worship the whole body of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna, but we worship only the Linga of Lord Shiva, why is it like this?

    manifest all over the Universe, so how does one identify or relate to Him? This is why in the ancient days, ... and then by chanting mantras, the Chaitanya Shakti (energy pervading all of the Divine Consciousness) ... kind of unstitched clothes are worn. All these are linked and connected somewhere or the other. ...
  5. Gurudev, why do we offer incense and a lamp to the Divine who has created such a fragrant creation and the mighty Sun?

    and the mighty Sun? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: See, doing all this is just a play. Do not think too much ... about this. It is all done to create an atmosphere of sacredness and purity, that’s it. You do not need ...
  6. Many great saints, for example Jesus, have died violent deaths. Why is it so?

    Vibhagine, Vyomavad vyapta dehaya Dakshinamurataye namah  – Guru, Self-realization and God are all needed. If ... we take all of them along in life, we will be happy both in this world and the next. ...
  7. Dear Gurudev, my question is about idol worship in the Hindu religion. Christians don’t have churches everywhere. Mosques and Gurudwaras are also not everywhere. Then why do Hindus have temples everywhere? Under every tree and in every corner you see a temple. To what extent is idol worship acceptable?

    a particular deity being fondly revered and worshipped by a person or a group of people). All the rays come ... (referring to the five primary deities or forms of the Divine that are honored in all rites and rituals: Lord ... going window shopping. Many people even today go window shopping, isn't it. They see all the nice ...
  8. Dear Gurudev, how and when did the twelve Jyotirlingas (literally meaning ‘pillar of light’, a sacred divine shrine of Lord Shiva) come into existence? Please shed some light on this.

    there by worshipping Lord Shiva. The aim was to unite all the people of India by one single thread of ... not that Lord Shiva requires your offering of holy water. What would Lord Shiva do with it? All the ... is why all the twelve Jyotirlingas were never kept in one place or one state. Some were in the north, ...
  9. Dear Guruji, in the Gita it says, ‘Avyaktahi Gatir Dukham’, when we worship the un-manifest it leads to misery. Is it necessary to have a form for worship or can we meditate without a form?

    there was trouble but not as much. Buddhists, Jains, Tao, Shinto, all these paths were smooth sailing ... life, their paths were filled with sorrow, filled with hardship, filled with struggle and fight all the ...
  10. Gurudev, there is a five faced (Panchamukhi) Ganapati idol in the temple of Gurukul. What is the meaning of Panchamukhi?

    inner space, and outer space, etc. Lord Ganapati (another name for Lord Ganesha) is the lord of all ... is without attributes) and Nirakaar (the formless all-pervading Divinity) is worshipped by ...
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