Originally posted by JanakiRaghunath
Originally posted by Darklord_Rehan
In fact Krishna discouraged people from practicing hollow rituals.
Really? Could you please list some incidents where Krishna did this? If that was the case, Krishna would have discouraged Yudhisthira to perform the Rajasuya Yagna, and he would not have encouraged the Gokulvaasis to worship Govardhan Parvat, which is as you might say, a mere object.
I agree with the part of your post that Krishna encouraged people to perform their various Dharmas according to situation, but no where in his leelas did I get the message that we should not go to temples, worship idols, or perform poojas/yagnas. Krishna himself went through the Yagnopavit sanskaar after Kans Vadh, and he followed many other rituals Hindus still observe today. Krishna was not against rituals.
And I think it would be better if you do not
The Rajsuya Yagya was a political card to establish Yudhishtir's reign, liberate Shishupal, stir Duryodhan's envy and sow the seeds for Kurukshetra war. It had got nothing to do with religious practices. Krishna, the Supreme Benefactor, Himself was present with Yudhishtir with His blessings. So why do you think that He would ask Yudhishtir to offer prayers to the Demi Gods?
In the Govardhan Vandana, Krishna stopped the Gokul Vasis from the traditional worshiping of Indra and asked them to worship the Govardhan as it was the source of their income. It gave them food, shelter and protected them from natural calamities and gave everything unconditionally. Besides he wished to teach the Demi Gods a lesson. So I think in this occasion he did oppose the rituals.
In Bhagwat Gita, Krishna clearly says that man gets deviated from the path of Dharma by blindly following social customs and traditions. Blind faith it self is the greatest Adharma. He has always asked us to use logic and intellect to guide our actions.
And why do we even need to go to temple. Krishna is in every matter, every particle. Krishna is in us. So why do we need to exclusively worship a stone idol with all sorts of rituals to please Him? Isn't it better to worship ourselves through righteous actions rather than vague worldly rituals which are different and even contradictory for every religion and every community?
As for the last advice - stay assured I'll never breed any blind faith in myself. I shall continue to believe and obey only those practices which makes sense to my mind and discard the rest. Blindly believing in rituals and practices without questioning their relevance, just because everyone does so, is Adharma. Gautam Buddha himself discarded all religions and religious rituals, shunned the fraud Brahmins and asked people to stop praying to deities and opposed Idol Worshiping. He said the same thing which Krishna had said - Nishkaam Karma is the only way to Nirvana. And that makes more sense to me than those myriad rituals and traditions practiced all over the world.
By the way, you didn't elaborate about your displeasure with Westernization?
Edited by Darklord_Rehan - 06 May 2011 at 8:16pm