does it mean when Swamiji blesses an object?
“The object in
turn blesses you. Astral bodies work in them.”
Could Swamiji explain the
significance of installing a Shiva linga, such as the one he installed in
“What is the
meaning behind your being born? What does that mean?”
installation of a linga is to bring Lord Shiva into a form so that people
will come into the devotional line. Their tension will be reduced. People
also will start doing tapas and other spiritual practices. It is Swamiji’s
duty to install lingas. By installing a linga, millions of people will
become devotees. Many people will do tapas and become yogis because of the
installation of that one linga. Shankara Bhagavan is in that symbol. This is
what happens from installing it.”
What do we need to do to
install an idol? Do we need to find a special place for it?
“You could even
install it in your house, but you have to do puja [offer worship]
to it every day.”
Q What would
happen if we did not do puja to it every day?
“You have to at
least pray. If you do not do puja, at least you have to pray. No trouble.”
Q What is the
advantage of having an idol in your house?
“If you stay in
your house, what happens? You take care of your house. You have many
different spiritual things with you in your house. You have prayer beads and
different things like that. Do you have any experiences with those? If you
have an idol you will have a lot of peace of mind and peace in your house
and peace in all of your duties every day.”
Is there a special form of puja we have to do to a Shiva linga, or can we
make up our own?
“It does not
matter what you chant in front of it. It is not necessary to do any specific
form of puja. Puja could be burning incense, doing arthi, decorating with
flowers and washing it every day. People who are interested in that will do
it. You can just pray to it and that would be fine.”