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Ramana Maharshi supports idol worship though god is formless
« on: March 29, 2010, 12:50:05 PM »
Talk 121.

Talks between the Master and two Moslems on a previous occasion.

D.: Has God a form?

M.: Who says so?

D.: Well, if God has no form is it proper to worship idols?

M.: Leave God alone because He is unknown. What about you? Have you a form?

D.: Yes. I am this and so and so.

M.: So then, you are a man with limbs, about three and a half cubits high, with beard, etc. Is it so?

D.: Certainly.

M.: Then do you find yourself so in deep sleep?

D.: After waking I perceive that I was asleep. Therefore by inference I remained thus in deep sleep also.

M.: If you are the body why do they bury the corpse after death? The body must refuse to be buried.

D.: No, I am the subtle jiva within the gross body.

M.: So you see that you are really formless; but you are at present identifying yourself with the body. So long as you are formful why should you not worship the formless God as being formful?

The questioner was baffled and perplexed.



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Re: Ramana Maharshi supports idol worship though god is formless
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2010, 08:50:42 PM »
In Talks 273 also, the same type of discussions is mentioned.
Dr. Syed (who is thorough with Hindu philosophy) once asked
Bhagavan:  I have been reading the Five Hymns.  I find that the
Hymns are addressed to Arunachala.  How do you then addresss
God as a separate being.

Bhagavan:  The devotee, God and the Hymns are all the Self.

Dr. Syed:  But you are addressing God.  You are specifiying this
Arunachala Hill as God. 

Bhagavan:  You can identify the Self with the body.  Should not
the devotee identify the Self with Arunachala?

Dr. Syed:  If Arunachala be the Self why should it be specially
picked out among so many other hills?  God is everywhere.
Why do you specify Him as Arunachala?

Bhagavan:  What has attracted you from Allahabad to this place?
What has attracted all these people around?

Dr. Syed:  Sri Bhagavan.

Bhagavan:  How was I attracted here?  By Arunachala.  The Power cannot be denied.  Again Arunachala is within and not without.
The Self is Arunachala.


On another occasion, one devotee seeing Bhagavan looking intently the Hill asked:  Are you seeing Arunachala?

Bhagavan:  No.  I am seeing Atma.

Arunachala Siva.