Wednesday, November 8, 2023


Q: It is said that saints like Guru Nanak, Kabir and others were very much against idol worship. Bhagavan has explained that such worship is useful for some people at a certain stage of their sadhana.

I have read that a true jnani will never criticize anything. Does this mean that these saints were not jnanis? Or is it that their followers didn't understand their teachings correctly?

AS: There is no doubt that Guru Nanak and Kabir were jnanis.

If mumukshus [people who want Self-realization] who are striving hard for liberation hold onto a form of God, it often happens that their progress towards the truth is completely stopped. So, out of compassion for such beings, the saints criticized idol worship.

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