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The Philosophy and Significance of IDOL WORSHIP

The Philosophy and Significance of IDOL WORSHIP
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Item Code: IDG062
Author: Swami Sivananda
Publisher: The Divine Life Society
Language: English
Edition: 2013
ISBN: 8170522629
Pages: 48
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.2" X 4.9"
weight of the book: 43 gms
About the Author:

Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind. His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission. It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta. In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.

CONTENTS

WORSHIP OF THE IMAGE
BENEFITS OF UPASANA5
SAGUNA UPASANA
AND NIRGUNA UPASANA
7
THE BHAVAS IN BHAKTI YOGA9
PUJA AND ISHTA DEVATA10
THE IDOL-A PROP FOR THE SPIRITUAL NEOPHYTE14
EVERYONE AN IDOL-WORSHIPPER15
A MEDIUM FOR ESTABLISHING
COMMUNION WITH GOD
16
A SYMBOL OF GOD18
AN INTERGRAL PART OF VIRAT20
IDOL WORSHIP DEVELOPS DEVOTION21
REGULAR WORSHIP UNVEILS
THE DIVINITY IN THE IDOL
22
THE IMAGE, A MASS OF CHAITANYA23
WHEN IDOLS BECAME ALIVE23
VEDANTA AND IDOL WORSHIP25
THE GLORY OF HINDU PHILOSOPHY29
TO SUM UP30
THE TEMPLE
34
GLORY OF PRASAD
37
PHILOSOPHY OF
HINDU SYMBOLS
41
FAITH AND IDOL WORSHIP
46

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