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Idol Worship in Hinduism

On Idol Worship

There are several sects among Hindus too who downplay the importance of idol worship. Other religions already say that praying to idols is blasphemy. But these people are also dependent on certain symbols that they consider holy.

So what's wrong if someone uses an idol (a symbolic God) to be able to connect to the Supreme?



One cannot focus on vacuum. Only the successful gnan yogis can meditate like that. Others need some symbol. The cross is holy. The crescent is holy. And so is the OM. Some people take OM and create a personal God out of it. They create a symbolic God (an idol or a painting) so that they feel connected. They'd perform rituals like bathing the idol, draping it in clothes, and would feed it (at least they think they are doing service to God).

God never laid out any rules. He didn't say pray like this or don't pray like that. But then, every religion has rules. These rules were laid out by people who claimed to have experienced God. The …

Review: God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy


There are some books that you wish to finish quickly so that you know the end. And there are some books that you don't want to end. You start relating to the characters and wish to live with them forever.

The plot of "God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy revolves around two kids. It is the story of the twins - Rahel and Estha. Maybe the author also wanted us to check out the untouchables in the then India.

The narration style, writing style is of more importance for which, I can give it more than four stars. It feels like you are actually going through the kids' lives. You can imagine it... and not only that, you can actually feel the emotions the kids go through.

Very few authors have the talent to write in a way that you can go through the feelings of the characters in their book. The last book of this type I read was from F Scott's This Side of Paradise and Virginia's Jacobs Room. They have their own style of narration. More than the story or plot, you are awed by the way they spin up words and sentences.

I haven't read other books of Arundhati Roy but this God of Small Things has its own language. Though English, you'll find it more than just English: her wordplay and some "new" words make it an excellent reading. Check it out. It's worth your time and most probably, you'll miss the characters when you are done with the book.

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Quotes from The God of Small Things: Review

--> "That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less..."

--> "...the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again. That is their mystery and their magic.”

 --> "And the air was full of Thoughts and Things to Say. But at times like these, only the Small Things are ever said. Big Things lurk unsaid inside.” 
--> "If you're happy in a dream, does that count?”

--> "Only that once again they broke the Love Laws. That lay down who should be loved. And how. And how much.”



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