Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 08 Sep 2018


Question on rituals in Bali

Shri Nyoman Guna Darsana asked:

Dear Swamiji, ussualy in Bali, when every worship is held, the first pray , we offer to god sun (surys). And the second we offer to Lord mother of earth ( mother pertiwi). After these praying, we pray fo the other god and Godeses. My question is why we doesnt do the first praying to god siwa or wisnu or brà hma? My salutation on your lotus feet. By nyoman guna darsana

Swami replied:- Even if you pray some item of creation believing that the ultimate unimaginable God (Parabrahman) is in that item like Sun or Earth, it becomes a representative model worship of God, which is also acknowledged by God. The other type is direct worship, if you worship directly energetic incarnations like Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. But, here also, you are worshiping their statues or photos only and this can’t be treated as the real direct worship. Hanuman and Gopikas never did any representative worship or representative worship of real energetic incarnations also. If you catch and worship the contemporary human incarnation, that will be really direct worship. But, you have to cross the ego and jealously towards co-human form in order to achieve final success in this final step. This is the ultimate final examination, which will be naturally very very hard. We all know that Hanuman and Gopikas are the top most devotees, but, we are unable to practice the step practiced by them. This is the highest tragedy in spiritual field!