Posts Tagged ‘idol’


In Ganesh Chaturthi on 02/09/2011 at 00:26

Ganeshji symbolises the consciousness which is omnipresent.

Ganeshji is not somewhere outside of us, but the very centre of our life.

Not everybody can perceive the formless without the form.

Our ancient Rishis knew this; so they created the form for the benefit and understanding of people at all levels.

Therefore, install the idol, worship it with infinite love,

meditate and experience Lord Ganesha from within

~ Sri Sri~

If you want to come to me

In Knowledge digest on 22/10/2008 at 23:42

If you want to come to me

Sri Sri

Praising me is not enough. I am not satisfied by your praises, gratefulness and gratitude. Do not just keep me on the stage, on the altar, put flowers and say, `jai gurudev!’  Keep me in your heart.  When you are grateful, there is also a lot of gratitude and you feel like praising.  But all this should be converted into your soul and make you blossom.

Once in a while, when you have a problem, you come and say, `jai gurudev’ . Don’t say it only some times, do it all the time, everyday and every minute. All these qualities you see in me are also in you.  Only when you keep me in your heart, does guruship arise in you.  Otherwise just doing pad puja (worshiping the feet), saluting and running away, nothing will be born in you.  If you only want to garland flowers, then go to temples.  There are many idols there.  There is no need of guru then.  Not only that there are many people in the world , who love to sit and be garlanded.  Go and garland them.

If you have come to me then change.  Change from inside.  Change internally and externally, since both are the same.  The reason why we differentiate the external and internal is because we want both the phases of life to blossom.

See me in your mind.  The external appearance is there anyway.  Whatever is visible outside let it also shine inside you.  Take away your mind from all the small matters.  There is no happiness in the world, which you cannot get by being in the path of knowledge.  Once you taste this nectar, everything else will be bitter.  Once you begin to float in this you will never experience a lack of anything, in any way in your life.  All of you are beautiful as me, because only beauty can recognize beauty.  Otherwise how can you recognize it?  You can see light outside only if it is inside you.  You are light. You are shiva.  You are beauty, you are truth.  Earn this knowledge fully; only then you will be fully benefited.

Don’t keep me at a distance.  What you do is that you keep me somewhere high and in a distance.  By staying far away from me you have no benefit whatsoever.  You are just wasting your time and mine too.  Whatever I am, you are that too.  Whatever you thought was impossible for you, I have come here to show you that it is possible.  Everything is a piece of god – hollow and empty.  You are all god.  Everybody is god.  Actually there is no everybody.  There is only one.  One big ONE through so many bodies; one space through so many places.  Keep celebrating by using some excuse.  If there is celebration in life, then there will be enthusiasm if enthusiasm exists then celebration will also be present.  This body, this prana, has only one mission.  It has come for one reason – to introduce you all to your own self, to reveal the truth self to you.  Who are you?  You are truth.  You are shiva.  You are beauty.

See, many people come here.  Some come just to visit the place and say, “Oh! Nice.”  Some feel nice inside and say, “oh! Nice energy!”   They take few deep breaths and go back after one or two days in a good state of mind.  Few others come and stay a little longer, while, while others just loot everything.  They take everything.  And that is good.  Those are the kind of people I want.  They must loot everything.  The shop is open.  So loot if you can.

Idol Worship

In from the Heart, Knowledge digest on 24/06/2008 at 17:38

There was a request to Guruji to talk on Idol Worship… As usual i don’t remember verbatim what He said, it was all in Hindi, here it is freely translated:

This is not an explanation for a gyani (One who dabbles in Knowledge), it’s for a premi (a lover)

We require some name and form to anchor our mind to. When we do Pooja to an idol, the starting mantras mean something like, Oh my God, who is within me, come on out here into this idol, so i can play with you! and then we do the Pooja, mimicking God: He has provided us with food, so we offer some rice (as if it’s ours to offer, What belongs to God, we simply give to God), and we offer flowers, etc…

Then just as He is doing our aarti with the sun and the moon, we light a small lamp and do His aarti… Pooja means that which is born out of fullness of the heart (Poo ja = jo Poornata se Janam leta hai woh) it’s done with deep gratitude and a sense of mischief… and when we have finished, the mantras say, ok, now that i have finished playing with you, come back within me…

Its very difficult for our minds to even begin to comprehend the immensity and vastness that is the (formless) God… so we create a name and a form, and can get some relationship, some anchor and then we worship that…

When the Guru Granth Saheb is printed in the printing press, it is just printed paper… But when it is installed in the home or the Gurudwara, then it becomes Sacred and Holy… It is the consecration of the book that makes it the Guru, and that is through our feelings for it… It’s just a book, until we ourselves through our feelings make it the Guru, and venerate it.

(I have to add my own thing here: Pooja when done the right way, gives incomparable deep meditative bliss, to experience just come to the Bangalore Ashram any monday morning at 7:00 am… AND you do get really, really nice food to eat afterward as well! :))

In the days of yore, there were no mobiles or internet, and it was very difficult for a lover to communicate with his beloved… So, whatever had to be said was simply said to a photo… Now, that photo was not the beloved, was it? just a representation of the beloved…

Similarly, we do Pooja to the Idol… as a representation of God!