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From The River Of Heaven
Index

Hindu And Vedic...

The Eternal Teaching Nature's Medicine...
Science Of Light

Social Science...

Sanskrit.. Karma And The Science ..
Universal Forms... Vedic Cosmology..
Dharmic Philosophies The Paths Of Yoga...
The Source Of Teachings

Appendix

Major Sections
Books By David Frawley
Arjuna

Awaken Bharata

From The River Of Heaven How I Became A Hindu
The Myth Of Aryan Invasion Of India

Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition, Sanatana Dharma

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UNIVERSAL FORM OF WORSHIP: TEMPLES, PUJA AND HOMA
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The Use of Images 

In oriental religions many images, statues and idols are used in worship. This has caused the charge of idolatry to be leveled against them by western religions. Islam, Judaism and Protestant Christianity reject all usage of  images and consider those who use them to be religiously perverted. 

Yet in Hinduism the use of images is only one of many forms of worship. More strongly than western religions it also emphasizes the formless or impersonal Divine. Besides the gross form or image of the deity, subtle geometric and sound and light forms are used as well. The gross image is just one aspect in directing the mind inward, as well as an aid to seeing the Divine in the forms of life. Many people in the dharmic traditions use no images of any kind. It is not that Hinduism is characterized by idolatry so much as it allows the imagistic and naturalistic approach to the Divine along with all the others. 

 

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