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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