An idol is
required for concentration in worship.
Pundits and Scholars agree that the Vedas
and other Hindu religious scriptures
prohibit idol worship, but initially because
the mind may not be matured, an idol is
required for concentration while
worshipping. After the mind reaches higher
consciousness, the idol is not required for
1. Muslims have reached the higher level of consciousness
Muslims have reached the higher level of consciousness. If
an idol is required for concentration only in the initial stages and not
later on when the mind reaches higher consciousness then I would like to
say the Muslims have already reached the state of higher consciousness
because when we worship Allah (swt) we do not require any idol or statue.
2. Child asks why does it thunder?
When I was discussing with a Swami in IRF. He said that
when our child asks us, "Why does the sky thunder?", we reply that "aaee
ma chakki pees rahi hai", the grandmother is grinding flour in the heaven;
because he is too young to understand. Similarly in the initial stages
people require an idol for concentration.
In Islam we donít believe in telling a lie, even if itís a
white lie. I will never give such a wrong answer to my child because later
on when he goes to school and learns that the thundering sound after
lightning is due to the expansion of rapidly heated air, he will either
think that the teacher is lying or later on when he understands the fact
he will conclude that the father is a liar. If you feel that the child may
not understand certain difficult things you should simplify the answer
rather than give a wrong fictitious reply. If you, yourself do not know
the answer, you should have the guts to be truthful and say ĎI donít
knowí. But many children nowadays will not be satisfied with this answer.
If this answer was given to my son, he would say "Abba (father), why donít
you know?í This will compel you to do your homework and thus educate
yourself as well as your child.
3. Those in standard one require idol for concentration Ė
(2 + 2 = 4 will remain same in standard one and ten)
Some pundits while trying to convince me regarding idol
worship said that in standard one the student is initially taught to
worship God by concentrating with the help of an idol but later on when he
graduates he no longer requires the idol to concentrate while worshipping
A very important fact to be noted is that only if the
fundamentals of any particular subject is strong, then only will he be
able to excel in future for e.g. A teacher of mathematics in standard one
teaches the students that 2 + 2 = 4 irrespective whether the student
passes school or does graduation or does a Ph. D. in mathematics, the
basics of 2 + 2 = 4 will yet remain the same, it will not change to 5 or
6. In higher standards the student, besides addition may learn about
Algebra, Trigonometry, Logarithm, etc. but the fundamental of addition
will yet remain the same. If the teacher in standard one itself teaches
the fundamentals wrong, how can you expect the student to excel in future?
It is the fundamental principal of the Vedas regarding the
concept of God that He has got no image, so how can the Scholars even
after knowing this fact keep silent at the wrong practice being done by
Will you tell your son who is in standard one that 2 plus 2
is not equal to 4 but 5 or 6 and only confirm the truth after he passes
school? Never. In fact if he makes a mistake you will correct him and say
it is 4 and not wait till he graduates; and if you donít correct him
initially you will ruin his future.