Idols and Ideals

[ The following is in response to questions from students in yoga teacher training that feel apprehension about chanting mantras that refer to Hindu and other idols; as this often seems to oppose their Christian (or other) non-Hindu ideologies. ] The mantras we chant in yoga training are about the science of vibration and reflection on Holy Attributes; or that which governs harmony in the universe such as the universal virtues. It is not about the worship of an image or statue but the virtues such things remind us of. We never worship "things," but only the universal ideals they represent. When images are involved we are to think of them as tools for contemplation, not objects of worship. B

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