Idols in the Hindu Way of Life – Why Are They Worshipped?

Sadhguru looks at the worship of idols in the Hindu way of life, and explains that they are not merely depictions of gods, but are scientifically created as powerful energy centers.
Idols in the Hindu Way of Life
 

Sadhguru looks at the worship of idols in the Hindu way of life, and explains that they are not merely depictions of gods, but are scientifically created as powerful energy centers. 

Sadhguru: India is one place where they went into elaborate systems of idol-making. This has been misunderstood by other cultures as worshiping some doll as a god. No. Here, people are very much aware that it is we who create the shapes and forms. If you look at it from the standpoint of modern science, we know today that everything is the same energy, but everything is not the same in the world. This energy can be like an animal or this energy can function like the Divine. When I say “the Divine,” I am not talking about you as a being. I am talking about the body itself. The physical body itself can be transformed into a Divine entity if we just reorganize our systems in a particular way.

Hindu is a cultural identity, not a religious identity. In the Hindu way of life, the only important thing in human life is his liberation.

For example, between the full moon day and the new moon day, each of the fourteen nights are so different. Today, we live with so much electric light, so you don't know the difference. Suppose you lived on a farm or in a forest where there was no electricity, then every night would be very different because the moon comes up at different times and it has different shapes and forms. But it is the same moon. It is not a different entity. The same moon has different impacts at different times. Just a little rearrangement, see what a difference it has made.

Similarly, if you re-arrange the energy system in the body, this body which is just a mass of flesh right now, can become a divine entity. The whole system of yoga is oriented towards this. Gradually, if you give it sufficient attention and practice, you will see that this body is no longer just craving for self-preservation and procreation, it has become something else altogether. It is no longer just a physical entity. Though it is physical, though it is biology, it need not be limited to the physical. It can function and operate in a completely different dimension. Its very presence can become different. It is from this context that many yogis who made their bodies in a certain way, allowed people to worship their bodies. They themselves would not be there in the body, but they let people worship their body because it has become like a divine entity. It is a reorganized energy – completely engineered.

The Hindu Way of Life

One fundamental thing that I would like to clear up about the Hindu way of life is, with the Hindu, there is no “ism” because it is a geographical and cultural identity. Anyone born in the land of Indus is a Hindu. There is no particular belief system, god or ideology which you can call as the Hindu way of life. Whatever you do in this culture is Hindu. You can worship a man-god and be a Hindu. You can worship a woman-god and be a Hindu. You can worship a cow and be a Hindu. You can worship a tree and be a Hindu. Or you don’t worship anything and you can be a Hindu. Hindu is a cultural identity, not a religious identity. In the Hindu way of life, the only important thing in human life is his liberation. Mukti is the only goal.

The Science of Idol-Making

There is a whole science of idol-making where a certain form is created with a particular material and energized in a certain way. Different idols are made in different ways where they relocate or rearrange the chakras in certain places to make them into completely different possibilities. Idol-making is that science through which you manifest the energy in a particular way so that your quality of life can be enhanced.

The temple was not created as a place of God or a place of prayer. It was created as a place of energy where everyone could go and make use of it.

Temples in India, were built as a very deep science. They were not created for worship. When I say temple, I am referring to the ancient temples. Most modern temples are built just the way you build shopping complexes. Temple building is a very deep science. If the basic aspects of the temple – the size and shape of the idol, the mudra that the idol holds, the parikrama, the garbha griha, and the mantras used to consecrate the idol are properly matched, a powerful energy system is created.

In Indian tradition, no one told you that if you go to a temple, you must worship and give money and ask for something. This is something that people have started now. Traditionally, 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, 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. The temple was not created as a place of God or a place of prayer. No one was ever allowed to lead a prayer. It was created as a place of energy where everyone could go and make use of it.

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5 years 6 months ago

That's the hint you gotta know. The idolatry was not implemented for us to "pray" and idolize the statue, in fact it was meant not to deviate our thoughts while in prayers. It is meant as a concentration point. Just like in Islam, they use Kaabah as their concentration point, and Christianity either they pray using the cross, rosary beads or statue of Jesus as the concentration point. None of us believe in the statue.

5 years 10 months ago

Well said Mr.Dorin, true that certain bunch of Indians will rather listen to west than sadhguru (They are proud if they get a visa, earn in foreign currency, I can understand being happy for earning being proud..????, bewildering), but as you have mentioned the larger population won't even move and inch from here, if we move we move with certain purpose and not for invading...thanks for your words...

5 years 6 months ago

Actually the term that should be used instead of 'Hinduism' is Vedic believers. The prayers, rituals and progress all through the life of a Hindu is based on the Vedic tradition, where its reference is science, of course i.e. astrology, electricity, magnetism, conversation of energy etc. Like for Buddhism(which too doesn't exist) reference is peace, and Islam is anything for God and humans as God's slave..

5 years 10 months ago

Pranams Sadguruji
You have adequately created awareness about the Temples and the purpose for which one should visit the Temple. Completely gained confidence and my out look when I visit Temples now is much more different than what I had before learning Shajasthithi Yoga.
Thanks

4 years 5 months ago

You. Could see Wat we couldn't.
Life is full of surprise.

5 years 10 months ago

I do not consider myself or people of Tamilnadu more fortunate being closer to Isha centre as latitudes and longitudes do not matter when it comes to spirituality. What matters most is receptivity and that also means an unprejudiced mind set. Sadhguru (Whom I consider no less than Shiva Himself) is too infinite in His grace and wisdom too be contained geographically. He is now here, there have been many like Him and even in future many more of the like Him will walk this sacred soil. He can handle the intellectuals and the ones on the path of devotion (devoid of questions) with ease. From being a I-know-everything to I-do-not-know has been a beautiful journey for me with His grace and blessings.
Love and pranams

5 years 6 months ago

The term"vedic belivers - conservatives" if one properly follows the 4 system of that holy rule book then we can say him as a hindu(or vedic beliver since you said) but it is of relegious view. vedas has been taken as granted for suppressing the masses by a minority(vedas is of inequality except RIG veda). even in this era if we take veda as a driving force to move people then development can't come to limelight.. If my view is correct, then that's the reason why sadhguru gave cultural and geographical identity rather than relegious identity for HINDUISM. and offcourse by naming it on cultural and geographical basis, then the population bank of hinduism will increase by including other cultures too..!!

5 years 10 months ago

As always an illuminating blog by Sadhguru.

4 years 5 months ago

Everything has a counterpart.
Positive negative.
Wat is the counterpart of energy.
Like positive & negative combine to become neutral or nothing.

Wat if energy & it counterpart. Fuses together.
Wat will happen then.
Will this Maya end then.

5 years 10 months ago

All you idiots, believing whatever this charlatan says!!!!

5 years 6 months ago

All this praying and begging from God is a Christian influence. God is the Natural Law - either you are aligned with it's energy through some spiritual discipline, then you are lucky, or you are not aligned with Him, you will face suffering.

5 years 10 months ago

Hmm.. a valid reasoning to something i always wondered !

3 years 10 months ago

loved ur expression

5 years 10 months ago

Thanks Guruji! This article helps me to understand why I have always longed to visit temples since my younger days and the best part was to ring the bell and listen to the vibration until it stops, felt great (besides begging to grant some wishes) ! And also, in the end I would feel disappointed if I was not able to sit for some time (I had heard people say you MUST sit for sometime before you leave but my curious mind always wondered why?) But I sat cos it made me feel at peace to just sit and listen to chanting's or sometimes just sit and soak in the moment, that's what I call 'Bliss'! I would like to know more about Navagraha pradakshina and everything that happens in the temple. It will be a great idea to set things right and let people understand why certain things are followed in the temple which has been according to science but unexplained and misunderstood or blindly followed. Perhaps, gradually we can get back into following the most important and meaningful practices that are beneficial to enhance our lives rather than blind belief!

5 years 6 months ago

I love this logic: the term "Hindu... is a geographical and cultural identity. Anyone born in the land of Indus is a Hindu."

I heard that the term "Hindu" has been invented and propagated by the Western invadors (Islamic and Christian) to identify Bharat-India, as "the land beyond the river INDUS". So, seeing it as "geographical and cultural identity" seems not at all to be wrong. And if "anyone born in the land of Indus is a Hindu" then also Moslems and Christians can be rightly called Hindus - without having to change their religion!

5 years 10 months ago

I truly cannot believe this. it happened to me....! bad weather, stuck on highway, sitting still in the car, thinking and reflecting, trying to fit things together... Suddenly, Oh My GOD!!! I felt this glimpse of some sort of inner awakening. then feeling an expanded me, no boundaries.. incredible, unbelievable!!!
Is this may be A quest to know my inner self ? It is just beautiful.
Though I felt it in my mind before, experientially is soooo different.

Dear Sadhguru, my Master, please bless me so that with your grace, I will hold on to this and work on this till It becomes a part of me .

My Master... forever at your feet, with shathakoti pranams.

Anantha.

3 years 10 months ago

yes but that culture is lost, the culture which built such beautiful and energetic temples.that cultures who did every small thing in their life with enormous awareness, right from bindi to eating in a particular way, the culture which built the worlds first toilets. Now that culture is almost extinct, we indians now are an inferior to that culture in everyway, we shit and pollute and engrossed in cinema and alcohol, shameless media and we lead a mindless shallow life. We needed someone like Sadhguru to remind us about our great ancestors.

5 years 10 months ago

After we start thinking we tend to ask question so we can not worship sun and moon so our people created the Idol...

5 years 5 months ago

Take your time to go through this calmly. Sorry for the long length, but you'll find it interesting. ;)

There is always an evolution in whatsoever religion. Christianity first diversified into the Catholics and Protestants. Muslims have Syiah and Sunni. Likewise, Hindu, like I said earlier, initialized just based on the population along Indus Valley. Their belief was towards energy and nature. Energy was named accordingly, like the 'female' energy that travels along the spine (chakras) is Kundalini or Shakti. Then the maharishis rendered the vedas in accordance with the awesomeness of energy used in life i.e. chanting mantra, hymns and musics, ways of living etc. I

It was before then, where technology was not discovered and life was committed more to the concentration of these virtual and spiritual things, helping the human to live up to 100,000 years average in Sathya Yuga, 10,000years in Treta Yuga, 1,000 in Dwapara and today Kali Yuga with 100 years. It decreases as it approaches to the new Sathya Yuga where the intersection is the apocalypse - 2014 is in between the conversion of yuga. Thus the human who lived for 10,000 years were those who were into this subtle science. It was too subtle that it was also believed astral projection like in the movie Insidious is true, which indeed it is. The great ones (not all, only the great ones) would travel (method unknown, but most probably in an ultimate invention called Vimana) to other galaxies according to the story by King Kakuda travelled to Brahmaloga. By today's Einstein's time dilation theory, the approximation proclaimed by King Kakudmi is two hours in Brahmaloga has 'caused' 108yugas = 11.664mil Earthyears.

Back to evolution, their belief was diversified on what they felt to be hailed due to debt in gratitudes. Like Arjuna though being the sub-projection, or literally called child of Bhagavan Indira, didn't have any sensitivity to be only devoted to his creator. The birth of Christ is equivalent like this sudden existence/projection on Earth which makes him the God's child, too.

Arjuna also hailed Krishna because for saving his family from lethal danger given by the Gauravas. That is how diversifications like Saivism, Vaishnavism, Sauram, Kaumaram and Saktham reformed. The energy that was compatible changed their life, and they prolonged hailing the respective belief.

With further evolution, people started to be devoted to the avatars of each of this sub-belief. Like today, some are devoted to the sub of female energy, Sri Durgai Amman who mainly concentrates on love and care, though it wholly comes under Saktham. And that is how the diversification came till the 3million Gods accepted in India.

It's not people don't refer to Vedas anymore. It's just that the concentration on the entire Veda has been diminished to only one part of their personal belief which has to be made clear today. Worsened by today's politics, the Hindu teachings are not given compulsorily in schools in some countries. The one that worsens Hinduism belief was the politics and empire-building after human civilization, not to blame but such as the Islam invasion and the massacre in South India during early times around 1000- 1453AD if not mistaken, causing some to escape to the S.E Asian countries around Indonesia. Today, my friends and I, together in a team have initiated our efforts to spread to utter truth like you've mentioned earlier. Hinduism is lot more interesting if studied deeply. That's why some Westerners today started to follow the teaching of Hindu sadhgurus, while holding onto their own religion. They're mesmerized by the effect of energy by the mantras, yogas and mudras on their life, making their future predicable.

5 years 10 months ago

Shri Sadhguru, can you please write about such 'true' temples in India and elsewhere?

3 years 10 months ago

why do you even come here to a charlatan's blog?? lol..

5 years 6 months ago

"people born in indus land are hindus". well said..!! but now days other than hindu culture will accept this..?? as u said the hindu is not a relegious identity, then lets ask govt to remove the tab of hinduism from relegion column when applying applications or in schools..!! ha ha..!

4 years 11 months ago

my views --- these blogs are written by some other persons, may be persons working on his behalf , might become culprits ,
satguru is busy in killing the souls and humans and buring under earth , if i am not wrong , he in his past birth and and his souls and humans are one of the mahisha sur , bholenath one of the shiva's form , in sikh , may be baba deepa sing , and one of the krishna . and he is one of supreme gods . and he might be the close relative to yama raja ,ganga , ravana and rama . he mights be taking revenges of crulities happened on her mother and and others .

5 years 10 months ago

I was wondering... why the Indian yogis, sages and all those wise people with such a deep understanding of the laws that governs us all, could still not be able to preserve the culture as it was once. There's a leak on the vessel. I see so many indians falling for the western education, most of them don't even know today the real value and richness of their culture. But now I know why... actually the yogis were wiser than I thought ( :-) logically). They intentionally did let the leak on the vessel, so that the seed will spread all over the world. A compassionate curse of a broken vessel, as a gift for the entire world. I'm very happy to see many Indians coming on the streets of Romania today. I can see they are western educated, but I know they have only one foot on the west, the other is still in Bharat. And now, someone like Sadhguru, my wholeheartedly Pranam to him, is coming at the right time to establish the balance between their feet :-). So that undercover yogis will blossom all over the world, and the whole world will blossom as one :-). Now, western people, please don't feel offended in whatever way about what I said, the west has it's own beauty and meanings (I'm from the west also in this lifetime :-) ). And indian people please don't get too proud :-). We are just upon Earth, but it looks like our Mother sometimes likes to make huge dancing waves from right to left, from east to west and so on, until the waves settle down again as one big ocean. It's just a beautiful dance :-). I love you all!

3 years 10 months ago

An idol is the manifestation of the thoughts of an individual. As we need a flag to symbolise the nation, so is an idol. The culture of Hindus is liberated because its believed that one cannot have a straitjacketed approach to realising oneself. Based on the role to be played on this earth, each one has the freedom to interpret divinity in his/her own way and religion should not come in the way of that path. Indians going the Western way is only their passionate attempt to explore this freedom. Some stray way beyond the normal and mock at others....but that should be expected as not all humans are as evolved. Eventually the truth confronts oneself and the path is once again revealed. Truth be said....Hinduism, in its folds has the answers to all of ones queries!!!!

5 years 6 months ago

I am a Hindu but my idea of the divine God is different. I don't think of God as a "power source". I don't believe that divinity can be manipulated by humans by creating idols and allowing divine powers to flow into them. God is all that is good in us and in nature. I can pray to an abstract form or to an idol form of my own favorite deity from Hindu mythology. When I pray to an idol, it's my own faith and love that empower me. There are no "magical powers" emanating from the idol. When I chant the mantras, which are true love poems written by sages and saints, I evoke the same love in my heart.

4 years 10 months ago

Very Well Said Dorin..

3 years 10 months ago

I was wondering that as part of Idol worship, a lot of us, definitely including me asks the Idol for something and in return promise to do something. It do happens at time from me that I over commit, under deliver. What happens in such a case?

5 years 6 months ago

Nikola Tesla once said, "If you want to find the secret of the universe, think it in terms of energy, frequency and vibration".. Say Tesla is a charlatan, and you'll be emptiest sewage I've ever came across.

4 years 10 months ago

Very well written article, Hindu is definitely a geographical/cultural identity and not religious.
Unfortunately, not many of us are aware of the importance of temples, I mean historic temples. Now a days, we can find temple in every corner of the street, some built with the only purpose of making money. I visited few temples where some priests looted me, demanded money for no reason. I try to avoid going to such temples. But unfortunately, this has become a common practise in most of the temples.
Every time I visited a temple, I felt very pleasant and more relaxed. I don't really pray or worship but I visit temples to experience the pleasant environment. Obviously, I don't enjoy the same when the temple is fully crowded, especially during festivals. So, I try to avoid when the temple is over crowded. Try spending some time in one of the oldest temples in your region, and you will know the difference. You don't have to worship or pray, just go and spend some time or walk around in the temple.
I can say with confidence that the pleasure of visiting a temple during early hours of the day is next to nothing.

5 years 10 months ago

awesome article..good explanation

3 years 9 months ago

Please try to provide PDF format for all articles to us . It's very helpful for all . Hari Om

5 years 6 months ago

Nikola Tesla once said, "If you want to find the secret of the universe, think it in terms of energy, frequency and vibration".. Read Mahabharata and Ramayana now, and you'll affirm the miracles are possible. Ask me and I'll explain if you're finding tough to digest, if I could.

4 years 8 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru, i was just realizing the hand gesture or standing posture i mean who would generally do that way there has been no dance class without his worship

5 years 10 months ago

This land Bharat has faced cultural invasion of every sort for centuries where every effort was made to stamp out the original and do a copy paste job of the intruders. However, the lamps are still burning despite the tornadoes, typhoons and will do so in future as this is a soil of "acceptance". Every belief system is represented and respected here. Here life is seen as just a another stop-over in the journey of several life times to attain mukthi or dissolution or merging into the divine source of creation. We are immensely fortunate to live in the times of Sadhguru..

3 years 5 months ago

You my friend need to pass elementary school science class first. After that, if you're still not back to your senses, go see a good psychiatrist. I see this is your full time job coz youve been posting on youtube also. I hope the vatican gives you sainthood coz you are one of the most eligible candidates for that order.

5 years 6 months ago

Read on argument from authority.

4 years 6 months ago

This is exactly what it is. Every human being is going through an evolutionary process. From crude physical worship for material benefits, to energy form of worship through mantras, to worship of the formless Nirakara finally reaching the ultimate Gyana. This is exactly how the vedas are separated into different Kandas. Upasana Kand which is basically singing of hyms, then the Karma kand consisting of reciting mantras, rituals worshipping idols etc. Third part consists of Gnana Kanda where you understand the ultimate truth and practicing it. Each person practices the sadhana with whatever he resonates well with, which corresponds to his evolution.

5 years 10 months ago

Yes, it's true I know... unfortunately from a certain angle, the situation doesn't look very bright; but from the right angle as I started to understand, all these things have a huge role to play in the way existence is made on this Planet. It was like a little shake you know... so that a few drops from the vessel will spread in other places also. The lamp was too full and content by itself, while the other lamps were starving... (unconciously, or indirectly, hence the invasion).
So... since India was not interested in conquering other nations, because it was too mature to fight like children for little toys, actually for toys that cannot even offer her any kind of entertainment :-)), how to motivate her to loosen a little bit? What to do? she was drunk in bliss like Adi yogi and she won't move an inch. So what to do? Let's see... let India be invaded a little bit, bring some tornadoes, a few typhoons, some copy-paste here and there... :-). And look at them, look how they are running to the west, they are spreaded aaallllll over the world. What a fantastic strategy, and actually they are seeds... seeds of very beautiful flowers. And now Sadhguru is pouring water all over the field :-). We will see the garden of Eden blossom soon upon this entire Planet.
I bow down to Sadhguru for what he is, and also I bow down to India for what it is, or rather she is as a mother of this Planet. I really wanted to come and move there if possible, but unfortunately I'm still stuck in society's structure and limitations. I hope I'll have the opportunity to come at least for a visit before I leave my body.
So... yes Ceekaykay, we are immensely fortunate to live in the times of someone with such proportions like Sadhguru, but you there, especially Isha people and Tamil Nadu are the most fortunate and blessed of all, keep that in mind and don't let this huge opportunity slip through your fingers :-). Love to all, Pranam.