Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

If God is omnipresent, why worship a Deity? Radhanath Swami tells why…

By on September 19, 2010 in Insights with 42 Comments

Why Worship Deities

Why Worship Deities

Question to Radhanath Swami : If God is omnipresent, why worship a Deity?

Radhanath Swami : If God is omnipresent is he not in the Deity too? Be honest and realistic, not to me, but to yourself. Are you able to fix your mind in love and devotion on God present everywhere and in everything? Difficult, isn’t it? Therefore, the Lord is so merciful and so kind that He reveals to us wonderful mediums by which we can completely absorb our consciousness in Him. One is through His name. The name is the Deity of God in sound that we can carry with us everywhere. The Deity in the temple is another manifestation God is so kindly giving us to completely focus our external senses on Him and to serve Him. In the Deity form you can bathe God, you can offer foodstuffs to God, you can meditate on the beauty of God, and you can completely absorb your attention in God. It is simply a most wonderful and sublime form of meditation, which awakens our natural serving propensity and our love for God. God has given the Deity as a wonderful facility and opportunity for us to fix our mind on Him, to love and to serve Him.


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  • Yogesh Valhe

    Very well said by HH Radhanath Swami

  • Sumit

    Amazing answer by Radhanath Swami. This question is alwasys asked by people and this is wonderful answer to convince them.

  • Anupriya Dhotre

    It really works! Thank you so much Radhanath Swami for enlightening us in this one of the most amazing aspect of God.

  • mukund

    thank you for this maharaj

  • Radhanath Swami has answered a very crucial question ,thanks

    • Amol Kende

      Correct brother

  • Meera Sharma

    Maharajah has so nicely explained that ” Deity Worship”
    help us awakens our service and love for God”.

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    This is so true. It is so difficult to meditate on the void, whereas when we focus on the beautiful form of Shyamasundar, it becomes so much easier. Thanks you Maharaj.

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    The sheer beauty of the Deity form makes it so natural to worship and love God.

  • rajesh jogani

    Wonderful. An apt explanation for those seeking an excuse to stay away from the temple.

  • Uday

    Beautiful answer by Radhanath Swami.In deity form we can experience God as a person and relate to Him.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami is revealing the compassionate nature of the Lord in deity form

  • Amol

    Thank you Radhanath Swami to give such a short & sweet reply.

  • Sujit Mehta

    Radhanath Swami has given such a nice ad simple explanation for us to follow. For those who say God is everywhere and why we need Deities etc, well air is everywhere why we need a fan to feel it? Let us not suffocate our intelligence by tricks of our mind.

  • Manish Goel

    Deities fill up a space in life, the space of a friend forever.. For many of us they are the one whom we share our happiness and worries, share our thoughts.. and I hope those of you do that must have experienced reciprocation.. at least I have .

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  • shyamrup

    Wonderfull explanation.

  • Mukund

    thank you very much

  • umesh

    very nice and convincing explanation by Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Sunny

    Deity worship is a deep science; However the science is more or less lost and only ritual or sentimentalism left. Both of these produce dangers results.

    Thanks so much to saints like Radhanath Swami who are teaching this rare science

  • nisha

    such simply explained by Maharaj!
    Seriously, its so easy to worship lord when u can think of a form of lord, and not some formless energy to meditate upon.

  • Jagdish Majethiya

    Perfect answer – very nicely explained with utmost simplicity.

  • sangharatna bhamare

    What a explanation for those who think deity as a statue. Thank you maharaj.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this article of Radhanath Swami.

  • Vishnupriya

    thats soo true!! its soo much easier to relate to the supreme most!! n deities do respond depending on our faith n love

  • vaishali

    answers the most asked question thank u

  • sharda gokarn

    Maharaj has given beautiful explaination to such questions genenrally raised by many people.

  • debanjan

    so nicely explained

  • Deepak

    So wonderfully answered.

  • Servant

    Jai.. A very nice message on the importance and benefits of deity worship by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Wonderful reply from Maharaj.

    Very nicely explained.

    Thank you so much for sharing us.

  • Sujata

    a very simple, clear and practical answer!

  • Chandrika

    Thank you for this post.

  • Citra Gopi DD

    Amazing answer.

  • Rajaruban

    Great answer.

  • VP Singam

    Wonderful article, question and answer.

  • meghana

    Thank you so much Radhanath Swami for enlightening us in this one of the most amazing aspect of God.

  • Well said and thank you for my morning enlightenment.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Maharaj for giving us a comprehensive and perfect understanding of why it is important to worship God in His deity form.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Wonderful Answer .Thank you so much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji for your guidance.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb answer! It’s true that we are not on such an advanced level where we can feel the omnipresence of the Lord. We need something specific to focus our minds on.

  • anashree

    Thank you Maharaj for a wonderful explanation.