The act of worshipping, in India, is not limited, on showing your devotion towards the idol only, which you have placed in the place of worship. It also is about decorating and cleaning the whole place, inviting people to participate, in the act of worship. In fact, the whole worshiping process is a very multifaceted act, on every family in India. Somehow, it resembles to a form of social networking in physical level. The culture of worshipping builds the culture of festivity, across the nation, and you can always find, there is one or other festivals, going on India, celebrating something or other, in every nook and corner of the nation. It is such act of worshipping, and outer expression of festivities, that create harmony and peace, between the diversified communities which exist across the nation. By default, there is culture of devotion, which exist in this nation. Suprisingly, these culture have also naturally evolved a democratic quality .In this , it is always found that different religious communities, are also participating in each other’s festival . Out of the different gods, and there related worshipping methodologies, and corresponding festivities, “Shiva” is found to be most democratic god, accepting every form of worshippers and there process including the benefit and boons they are seeking for.
Yet, in Arunachala Mahatmaya at Maheswara Kanda in Skanda Purana , Maharishi Gautama, raises a series of question, to understand the depth of the process of worshipping “Siva”, in the form of Arunachala. We find, Gautama bows down to Lord Arunachala Shiva and reverently asked following questions, in order to give insight on the worshiping , Shiva in the form of Arunachala, to the common people who is very found of Arunachala, and who visits in lacs, still now, in every full moon day.
1.How can I worship the Lord who is fiery and unapproachable? 2.How am I to carry out your command? 3.Kindly tell me how I am to understand your words .. Arunachala ?. 4.How can name and form be attributed to you who cannot be described even by the agamas? 5.Who can worship you with flowers? 6.Where is the temple for You? Or how is one to be built? 7.Which is the hymn to praise Thee? 8. In what manner you to be worshipped? 9. Who is Thy bodyguard? 10. How is one to make people believe that ever so many celestial beings (devatas) always abide in Thy presence?
This 10 questions, reveal a very important structure, on what is to be known, for worshipping any form of idol, and gaining the highest experience of devotion. Whenever we read a text , related to “vidhis” which means discipline for worshipping a particular God , I have seen many , and which includes me also , first move to the section of “Phala Shruti” the effects or the benefits of doing an worship rather than the “vidhis” or the discipline of conducting the worship. This is the nature of present age, that we are looking always for the benefits first, and then looking for the process to conduct the worship . We first try to desire , then only when fail , move towards making us deserving. The fact is, when the process is conducted in highest discipline , the benefit is automatic, and that is the principle of Karma Yoga told by Sri Krishna in Bhagvad Gita. “Success is the effect , your actions are the cause” the great wisdom of Krishna, which went ringing down for centuries and created many success stories across the world , remains also the most doubted and most debated statement .
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