Nitya-Dharma & Idolatry

There a many reservations from other religions about the worship of deity’s (form’s of God’s and Goddesses in the temple) in Hinduism. Its called idolatry and is not recommended in Christianity, Islam and perhaps other beliefs.

The ‘Jaiva Dharma’ book – compiled by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has a chapter (Nitya-Dharma & Idolatry) where a Islamic Mullah ask questions and brings arguments like this:

Isn’t meditating on a form of the Lord within one’s mind superior to imagining a form with the help of the material elements?

In our Koran it is written that the Supreme Entity has a divine all-conscious form, so we are compelled to accept this fact. However, any image of that spiritual form is material; that is what we call but. The worship of but is not the worship of the Supreme Being.

Matter is distinct from God. I think that it is better not to worship material objects, because it is said that Satan introduced the worship of matter to keep the living entities bound in the material world.

Than the Vaishnava Pandit Goracandra Das Babaji of Mayapur gave some points and views on this topic: (its shortened here to bring some interesting points only)

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Hare Krishna in Kürze

हारे कृष्ण हारे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हारे हारे हारे रामा हारे रामा रामा रामा हारे हारे

Was ist Hare Krishna?

Die Hare Krishna Bewegung ist ein Zweig des Hinduismus, zuvor bekannt als Gaudiya- Vaishnavatum. Ihren heutigen Name erhielten sie durch den Gesang – Hare Krishna – welchen die Gläubigen ständig wiederholen. Gegründet im sechszehnten Jahrhundert durch Sri Caitanya von Bengalen (1486- 1533), betonte Er die Verehrung von Krishna und glaubte das Singen der Namen Gottes ist so mächtig, dass zusätzlich zur eigenen Meditation, diese Namen zum Segen aller auf der Strasse gesungen werden sollte.

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