Query about saligram sila worship

5 months, 2 weeks ago by Gopal C Biswas in Special Category B

Hare Krsna Dear Gurudev,

  Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.

  All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

  All glories to Guru parampara.


  Gurudev, for my knowledge would like to know who are qualify for saligram sila worship ?

   

Your dependent,

Girivaradhari-Gopal Das


ASA(e); yoga-ladder; silas and fire sacrifices.

Two other nice devotees have asked us about this so we will write as we know. If others can give more information that is very nice.

  1. This is the age of Kali. The process of worship, purification, is constant chant of the Name, pastimes etc of the Lord.
  2. If we do that we move out of the influence of Kali, so we can worship the Deity as advised by the Spiritual Master. AGTSP. If you are smoking marijuana or drinking beer or in general not following the four principles strictly the Govardhan shilas can become so angry at you they can start to kill people etc. I guess it is the same for Saligram silas. The worship of the Silas is simple, but they are worshipped by the character of the Jiva, not so much by elaborate rituals. Worship of silas is for people advanced in Brahminical culture. Once you start it is like having children if you become 'bored' of worshipping them you can't just put them in a box or give them away. Better to worship Gaura Nitai deities et al.
  3. Fire sacrifices my have the same reaction. They may harm your spiritual life rather than help it unless you are an advanced Brahmana. I don't know. Maybe just no effect at all like just having a fire while camping in the forest to keep warm.

The process is hearing and chanting. Even if you start Deity worship, the basic content of the worship is prayers.