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If God is everywhere, Why Should we go to a Temple?

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This is a common refrain from people who have started using logic to understand religion.  Specifically Hinduism.  The origin of this statement also comes from how the poets and commentators have equated how people go to look for god in a Church or a Mosque and “He” isn’t there, so why does one go to a temple either?

There are a lot of assumptions in this.

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First, going to the temple is not about God.  It is about you.  Temples were created as tools using the Agama Shastra to energize the space in a way that could help someone connect to something beyond himself/herself.  Often our inner energies are in turmoil and need balancing out.  Temples with their consecrated spaces were for just that.  There were temples of different types – Kul-devam temple, Panch-bhutam temple and temples for specific sadhana.  The goal was to make an energy intervention in your overall energy body to align it in some way.  It was about YOU.  Not God.

 To know more on this topic, please check out this post: Why do Hindus do Idol Worship? A Scientific and Spiritual exploration

God really doesn’t need anything to reside, if it is indeed God.

This brings us to second assumption in the statement.  How does one even know that God is everywhere?  Do the people who make such statements so casually even think about what they are saying?  Have they ever seen God, forget seeing it everywhere?!  If you have not experienced God anywhere, isn’t it rather stupid to announce it is everywhere?

At best its a hearsay.  Ok, Krishna may have said this.  So what?  Have you experienced it?  If no then why repeat what Krishna or Agastya Muni said?  And if they said that, then please know that they also consecrated thousands of temples as well.  So, how can you take one set of statements as sacrosanct unquestioned and question the other set from the same source?

The reason is – it looks logically interesting.

More importantly, it hurts one’s ego.  How come when I can get something everywhere without effort, do I need to go to somewhere specific in a certain way?  Why do I follow a rule… any rule?!

Somewhere we know instinctively that if we are to go to a specific place, it is us “on trial”.

It is our refusal to accept anything larger than ourselves that makes us shun any effort that needs to be done to know the truth of this entire creation itself.  It has been easier for us to break down this existence with our arrogance and knowledge.  IT is however very tough for us to know it the way it is without dissecting or displacing it.  To dissolve ourselves into it and know first hand.

The word for the English word “worship” (somewhat though!) is “Upasana“.  It means “being in position/place of”.  Not literally.  But in terms of consciousness.  To do so, one needs to dissolve.  That dissolution is the key to devotion and bhakti.  That is what when we are ready to be bigger than our physical limitations.  And, that is where temple comes in.

When we do our Sadhana, Yogis – powerful and knowledgeable – have consecrated spaces, which will enhance its quality and potency.  Even if we aren’t doing Sadhana, the very presence in such a consecrated space can impact our energies in ways we cannot fathom.  By going to the temple, we make use of that work done by so many in the past.

Going to the temple, where a consecrated space exists is also an acceptance that you need help.  To hold hand and leverage someone else’s work to grow as a human being.

The yearning to give your hand to a force of existence far bigger than your mental and physical self is the reason why one goes to the temple.  Not because of God!  God doesn’t give a rat’s ass about you.  Because honestly you and I don’t matter in the large scheme of things.  After all, in the cosmos with not one but multiple Universes (Multi-verses), our Galaxy is not even a speck.  And, in that our Solar System is also just a speck, if at all.  In that Solar system, we are a small planet.  On that, we are a small species.  Is the cosmic God was only interested in us – then it would be a rather inefficient and useless god.  And certainly not cosmic.  So sorry to break your bubble, no god is sitting out there thinking of you.

You, on the contrary, may want to enhance your being to align itself to the infinite divine consciousness that pervades the existence.  The ocean of infinite consciousness is flowing and raging.  The question is are you equipped to surf it? (Read this to understand this better – Holi is to surf with the existence, not a victory of Good over Evil)

And, it is for that, that the yogis have left behind their work to be used.  Temples are their work for your alignment.  They have nothing to do with the God.


Featured Image: Flickr – the image is of Veerbhadra temple at Lepakshi.  The imposing Shiva Lingam is carved out of a natural boulder to the west of the shrine, this seven-hooded Naga shelters a black-polished lingam cradled in its ribbed coils. A saptamatrika panel is placed below to the right.  The temple was consecrated by Sage Agasthya when he stayed in this place.

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25 Comments on "If God is everywhere, Why Should we go to a Temple?"

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Kishor Kumar
March 14, 2016 3:19 am

That has been my exact question since forever. If religion is about faith, it’s fine. But, commercialization, blind faith, superstitions and manipulation of religion is what hurts the most-sentiments, progress and everything else.

March 14, 2016 3:37 am

Ultimately religion is a personal matter. Those who don’t internalise god or whatever that should mean won’t discover spiritual meaning anywhere.

March 14, 2016 4:17 am

Well written. It is all about our own belief and emotions which make us belief/not in god. Great Post!


Jyotirmoy Sarkar
March 14, 2016 5:21 am

very powerful and impactful. well written

March 14, 2016 5:25 am

This made so much sense. My Dad taught me that God is within us and in our Karma. And so every person we meet has God within. As soon as we realize that, we will learn to love ourselves and others. And when one loves, the question of doubt doesn’t arise at all.

Prerna Sinha
March 14, 2016 5:31 am

So interesting and logical. Which is why I opened to read it. I have at times felt the energy in the temples or even places where shlokas are being recited. Sadly, people have commercialised it to their own benefit over the years. I absolutely can’t handle that.

Simran Kaur
March 14, 2016 5:54 am

What an enlightening write up! 🙂 As long as one’s belief gives him or her a strength to fight tough situations, it is ok to follow the very ritual…. similar in this case.

March 14, 2016 6:15 am

The only reason what I understand is that since many people collectively pray at a spot (temple) it becomes more powerful source of energy to connect with the supreme (presuming all pray with true feelings).
I personally feel God is everywhere and I pray where I feel comfortable, while traveling, taking a bath, before sleep, while eating anywhere, anytime as soon as I feel like. There is no specific reason for my remembering God..

Amit Agarwal
March 14, 2016 7:43 am

Religion per se has been used to threaten people since times immemorial..

purba chakraborty
March 14, 2016 4:39 pm

A wonderful article. It was a great read 🙂

Ramesh Sood
March 14, 2016 5:10 pm

God sent me to this piece of writing.. I loved it Desh… A Gem of a post..

March 15, 2016 4:32 am

I subscribe to the same view point. It is not compulsory for me to visit a temple to remember God. I do believe in him and I know I can find him anywhere.

March 20, 2016 12:30 am

Dear Desh, I find extreme pleasure to read your wonderful post. I completely agree with the logical conviction deriving out of your message here! I am glad to see that today’s generation is slowly breaking the shackles of the unworthy superstitions of performing certain rituals-cum-deals. But there are many who are still under the spell of Religion-God-Spirituality confusion! Being a human, it is of utmost benefit that one must know the truth in this lifetime!