The reason Deity worship was implemented by great Acaryas millions years ago

November 13, 2015 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Article by: Damagosha Dasa

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SB 7.14.39

TRANSLATION

My dear King, when great sages and saintly persons saw mutually disrespectful dealings at the beginning of Tretāyuga, Deity worship in the temple was introduced with all paraphernalia.


PURPORT

As it is said in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (12.3.52):

“Whatever result one obtained in Satyayuga by meditating on Viṣṇu, in Tretāyuga by performing sacrifices and in Dvāparayuga by serving the Lord’s lotus feet one can also obtain in Kaliyuga simply by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahāmantra.” In Satyayuga, every person was spiritually advanced, and there was no envy between great personalities. Gradually, however, because of material contamination with the advance of the ages, disrespectful dealings appeared even among brāhmaṇas and Vaiṣṇavas. Actually, an advanced Vaiṣṇava is to be respected more than Viṣṇu. As stated in the Padma Purāṇa, ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor ārādhanaṁ param: of all kinds of worship, worship of Lord Viṣṇu is the best. Tasmāt parataraṁ devi tadīyānāṁ samarcanam: and recommended more than worship of Viṣṇu is worship of the Vaiṣṇava.

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