Let us say a child sleeps with the mother. It knows the comfort of the mother’s body. As it grows up, you want to put the child separately which is very essential for the growth of the child. Suddenly, if you put him in a different bed, he feels uncomfortable. So what do we do? Usually we give him a toy – a doll or teddy bear to hold onto.
The Whys of Idol Worship
Now, he holds onto this doll and he feels comfortable. As he grows up you don’t have to tell him ‘Get rid of the doll.’ As he grows up, this doll which was so precious to him falls away by itself. The teddy bear disappears, but if you snatch the doll away when he needs it, you will damage the child’s psyche in a very deep sense.
Ancient temples in India were not created for worship. Temple building is a very deep science. In Indian tradition, nobody told you that if you go to a temple that you must worship and ask for something. They told you if you go to the temple, you must sit for a while and come. But today you just touch your bottom to the floor and run away.
This is not the way. You are required to sit there because there is a field of energy that has been created. In the morning before you go out into the world and transact your business, the first thing you do is you go sit in the temple for a while. This is a way of recharging yourself with very positive vibrations of life so that you go into the world with a different perspective.