Temple Worship and Murti Puja: Part VI

“The image to the Hindu is a physical symbol and support of the supraphysical; it is a basis for the meeting between the embodied mind and sense of man and the supraphysical power, force or presence which he worships and with which he wishes to communicate.” (Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, Vol. 20, p. 147) It shouldContinue reading “Temple Worship and Murti Puja: Part VI”

Dharma or Religion? : Part IV

Having understood the Indian outlook on Religion and the fundamental characteristics of Indian religio-spiritual culture, let us now explore an important question – does the word “religion” as understood in the most ordinary sense of organised religion really make sense in the Indian cultural context, or should we invoke the uniquely Indian word “dharma” toContinue reading “Dharma or Religion? : Part IV”

INDIAN OUTLOOK ON RELIGION AND LIFE: PART I

Man-made Nature of Religions What does it mean that the actual nature of the religion or rather religions (because there are many religions) is not divine but human? Let us explore this further.All religions, says the Mother, have a similar story to tell. The occasion for a religion’s birth is generally the coming of aContinue reading “INDIAN OUTLOOK ON RELIGION AND LIFE: PART I”