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78- Idol Worship


1. Is it possible to renounce Deity worship in the course of worshiping the Supreme Lord?


It is a fact that the Supreme Lord has no material form; His sat-cit-dnanda spiritual form, however, is certainly accepted. It is not possible for a conditioned soul to receive the full manifestation of the Supreme. Therefore, whatever form of the Supreme Lord he meditates upon will certainly be incomplete and thus a form of idol worship. Idolatry can easily be rejected by words, but while worshiping the Supreme Lord, its practice is inevitable. (Tattva-sutra 35)


2. Has God's spiritual form been denied in Muslim literature?


Sri Gaurariga instructed Chand Kazi that the Koran has denied only God's material form. The Koran has not denied His purely spiritual form. According to his qualification, the Prophet has seen that blissful, transcendental form. The other forms revealing the Lord's transcendental mellows were covered. (Jaiva Dharma, Chapter 6) 


3.Who are among the first class of idol worshipers?


Uncivilized tribes, the worshipers of the fire-god, Jove, and the people of Greece who worship planets such as Saturn, are the frontline idol worshipers.

{Caitanya-siksamrta 5/3)


4. Who are among the second class of idol worshipers?


Those who, after scrutinizing material knowledge, accept with reasoning an impersonal image opposed to all material qualities as "God" are the second class of idol worshipers.

{Caitanya-siksamrta 5/3)


5. Who are among the third class of idol worshipers?


Those whose ultimate goal is to merge into the Lord's existence and who imagine that the worship of the qualitative forms of Lord Visnu, Siva, Durga, Ganesa, and Surya is the process by which they can achieve their goal are counted among the third class of idol worshipers. They do not accept God's eternal form, so they worship an imaginary form of God. Nowadays, such people are known as "five-god worshipers." {Caitanya-siksamrta 5/3)


6.Who are among the fourth class of idol worshipers?


The yogis who meditate on a concocted form of Visnu are the fourth class of idol worshipers. {Caitanya-siksamrta 5/3)


7. Who are among the fifth class of idol worshipers?


Those who worship living entities as God are the fifth class of idol worshipers. {Caitanya-siksamrta 5/3)


8. What is the difference between worshiping the Supreme Lord's spiritual form and idol worship?


There is a great difference between serving the Lord's Deity and worshiping idols. Deity worship points to the Absolute Truth because by worshiping the Deity one attains the Absolute Truth. Idol worship, however, means to accept a material form or formlessness as the Absolute Truth. In other words, an idol worshiper accepts a material form as the Supreme Lord.

{Sri Krsna Samhita 6/12)