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As written at PRASANTHI NILAYAM Today

27th January 2020 

Many people slander image worship, but its basis is really one’s ability to see the macrocosm in the microcosm. The value of image worship is testified by experience; it doesn’t depend on one’s imaginative faculty. What is found in the form of the Lord (Virat-swarupa) is also found, undiminished and unalloyed, in the image form (swarupa). Images serve the same purpose as metaphors and similes in poetry. They illustrate, amplify and clarify. Joy comes not through the shape and structure of things but through the relationship established. Not any child but her own child makes the mother happy. So also, with each one and with all things in the Universe, if you choose to establish that kinship, that pure divine love (Iswara prema), then truly an overpowering joy can be experienced! Those who have felt it will definitely understand this truth! (Prema Vahini, Ch 20)