Mahaabhaarat | Geetaa | Teachings
|Geetaa on Idol Worship|
Besides worship of God, to worship a body made of bones and flesh, in other words, to adorn our bodies with make-up, beautiful ornaments and clothing and building luxurious homes and decorating it with beautiful objects, is nothing but worship of idols which will lead to ruin.
Something Worth Knowing
Worship of God through the medium of an idol is a matter of faith rather than of reasoning. The glory of God is revealed to those who have faith in Him. The >worship and adoration done by these devotees is accepted and partaken by God. Just like God ate the "Khichadee" (cooked rice and lentil) prepared by Karmaa Baaee; God ate the Tikkad (flat bread cake) from devotee Dhannaa; God drank the milk prepared by Meera Baaee etc. It means God manifests Himself in an idol, in front of a devotee who worships Him with faith and devotion.
Question: How do we know whether God accepts and partakes in the food offered to Him by devotees?
Answer: In God's kingdom things do not hold importance, rather it is the sentiments that are important. It is due to sentiments only that God partakes in the food and the actions offered to Him. When a devotee has the sentiments of feeding God from the core of his heart, then God begins to feel hungry. Because of the sentiments of the devotee, the food that is partaken by God, that thing does not remain perishable, rather it becomes Divine. Even if there is some defect in the sentiment of devotion, He is satisfied merely by the offering of food to Him. For God to be satisfied, things and actions are not important, rather only the sentiments are important. The saints also declare that God relishes the simplest dishes offered with devotion but He rejects the most delicious dishes offered without devotion.
As a chaste wife knows when her husband is hungry and thirsty and what dish he
will relish so she offers him the same dish and the husband eats it with the
greatest love, similarly a devotee also knows when God is hungry and thirsty and
how he should serve Him. So when food is offered to God, He becomes hungry and
He accepts and partakes in it.
Created by Sushma Gupta On 3/9/02
Modified on 12/13/10