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Why Worship Pictures & Statues??

asked 2012-01-20 15:43:18 -0600

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updated 2012-02-01 10:55:10 -0600

Guruka Singh gravatar image

I wanted to know that why do we pray and worship all the pictures? Are all the pictures of our guru real? Who has seen him what does he looks like??? We were advise to simply follow the guru granth shaib and the teachings in it. Then why do we worship all the picture and even statues? As we are aware that god is in us and he is everywhere. Why do we have to go to the gurdwara and pray as god is everywhere???We have to pray to the almighty god who made us and brought us to this world. Please i hope that you will be able to help me answer these questions. Thank you

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answered 2012-01-20 15:43:50 -0600

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Sat Nam. As I understand it, pictures and statues within them selves are not worshiped by Sikhs. But these interpretations or reminders of our Gurus serve to remind US of the divinity they embodied, as well as remind us of the qualities they particularly represented. We think of the humility of Guru Nanak, the obedience of Guru Angad, etc, and hopefully we are inspired to live up to their example. Yes, it is to the Akal Purkh, the One GOD who created us that we pray, but still, as human beings we are influenced by the vibrations around us. To meditate on God and Guru in a Gurdwara is one thing, because through Gurbani Kirtan, and the recitation of the sacred Words of Siri Guru Granth Sahib, we are more easily uplifted and inspired. Whereas if we were in a night club, or even listening to a marching band on the street, the vibratory frequency would not be condusive to meditation. And yet, yes, God IS EVERYWHERE. Our challenge is to become aware of God's presence IN US. So, the Gurdwara helps make us aware. The portraits make us aware (Maybe they are accurate, maybe not - but it doesn't matter, they are symbols, and symbols are intended as catalysts, or triggers to remind us of the real thing, and stimulate experience within us.) SP

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answered 2012-12-12 06:25:22 -0600

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GMustuk singh jee in the above post elaborated very nicely " But these interpretations or reminders of our Gurus serve to remind US of the divinity they embodied, as well as remind us of the qualities they particularly represented. We think of the humility of Guru Nanak, the obedience of Guru Angad, etc, and hopefully we are inspired to live up to their example. "

What if I really had a true picture of Guru or GOD for that fact. Do I still worship it.

Can somebody tell what 'to worship' / 'to meditate on God and Guru' really mean.

In the same light , what does the shabad 'Gur ki moorat mann mein dhyaan' points us to?

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answered 2012-12-17 09:03:46 -0600

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to worship means TO OBEY, like bhai lehna ji obeyed without a second thought, that in other words is called real worship and to meditate god or guru is to LIVE their techings in day to day life.

guru's moort is shabad(bani guru, guru hai bani)and dhayan is when you do something or anything then you wait and ask/think , is what i'm going to do as per my guru's teachings.

and to answer the other question regarding photos...

the psyche behind bowing to the photos of the guru's is really to bow to that very message(which is gurbani) that particular person (lets say guru nanak) gave. so the real bowing here is to the gubani and not the photo itself.

yogi ji, in one of his lectures said love the TEACHINGS not the treacher .... its the teachings you live not the teacher.

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answered 2015-06-23 13:40:14 -0600

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Let's be clear here. There is a BIG difference between being reminded or inspired by a picture or statue and worshiping a picture or statue! The Gurus spoke out against the ancient practices of bowing, offering food and praying to pictures and statues. Not because devotion isn't a good or pure thing, but because Trying to contain Waheguru in any object is limiting and distracts from the fact that God is everywhere and within everything.

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answered 2013-08-29 06:34:37 -0600

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The guru told us to worship guru granth sahib not the images or idols! These changes weren't made by guru but humans. We must not worship idols or pictures because that's something what our guru forbade us from doing. And, you don't question the rules made by the almighty. Just accept it the way it is.

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answered 2015-06-21 13:11:55 -0600

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Sri waheguru Ji ka khalsa, waheguru Ji Ki fateh. Bhai sahab, the pictures of deities not only remind us about them but also release positive energy. As we know that there are 3 energy components I.e Satva, raj.a and Tama. Only satvaa is positive, others are negative energies. So the pics of deities release sattvik content. It must be noted that amount of sattvik released in atmosphere depends upon truthfulness of pic. Means only pics which look very similar to deity release more positivity. But at the time of our gurus,there was no camera and all their paintings in market are painted by ordinary people. You must have seen on Internet real pics of guru Nanak dev Ji. In some forums people said that it was created by a saint whom which guru Ji had given darshan!!!!! So I don't think that one must spend time in praying to paintings of guru Ji.

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