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As written at PRASANTHI NILAYAM Today

19th December 2020 

Idols are inert in nature and do not possess the qualities of compassion, love, etc. It is for this reason that some people are against idol-worship. This is ignorance. Are you not worshipping the pictures of your parents and grandparents? Do these pictures have life in them? No. Nor do they have the qualities of compassion, love, sacrifice, etc. Then what is the point in worshipping them? It is through these pictures that we are reminded of their virtues and ideals they stood for. Take for instance a hundred rupee note. There is neither life nor virtues of love or compassion in it. Yet people love it and would like to possess it. Money is valuable because it bears the government’s seal. Similarly, we respect the national flag for the value it stands for, though it is merely a piece of cloth, which is inert. If idol worship is considered foolish, then the same should apply to love for money and respect for flag, which are also lifeless. Man’s beliefs are based on his likes and dislikes. (Divine Discourse, Mar 12, 2002)