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The goal of adhyatma is for a person to realize that he is but a slave of the lord who is driving every single action in this body. Jiva has zero independence or power. Paramatma residing inside us does everything /1
Thus every single action we perform - eating, sleeping, bathing, etc - is all to be offered to the paramatma inside us - that's when true detachment occurs - and ahankara ends. However, reaching this stage is no trivial task /2
To reach a stage where we think "everything I do as a person is for the deity inside me" it is necessary to go through a stage of "do everything to a deity as if he is a person". That is the precise goal of a temple built around agama principles. /3
While the concept of murthy worship at home also embodies the same principle, it is much more evident in a temple. The temple itself is the body of the deity. The building of the temple is the conception. Prana pratishta is the birth of the 'person'. /4
Every day the 'person deity' goes through the same set of activities that a human 'person' would undergo. The chief components of the worship are the upacharas - arghya (water for hands), pAdya (water for washing feet), achamana (water to drink)....snAna (bathing)..../5
alankara (dressing up)....naivedya (food for consumption)....rajopachara (comforts for sleep) and so on. The 'person deity' is giving these at least two times. Once a year is the utsava - an equivalent of the person's birthday celebration. /6
Once every 12 years - the temple - body of the person - undergoes a rejuvenation - jeernodhara. In between if there are doshas detected - equivalent to defects/diseases - dosha parihara is resorted to with help of devaprashnam - equivalent of medication /7
Every single day - the temple undertakes anna daanam - the 'person' doing his bit for dharma sadhana - similarly support for shastra studies and general education that temples support /8
Thus we see from every single point of view - physical, economic, social - the deity's worship follows an equivalent to a person's life. When one practices this with devotion - over time - he gains the ability to transpose this on to his own self /9
From then on - every single activity he/she performs - becomes a ritual for worshipping the deity/paramatma inside! Thus the extreme importance of worshipping deities in temples using agama methods /10
Looking at this from another angle - when a deity is literally living the life of a 'person' - physical, social, economic and other params included - naturally the deity also qualifies as a 'legal entity' - which is what our courts have recognised for nearly a century now!! /11
And the same point has been highlighted by @People4Dharma in the #Sabarimala case too. /e

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Oct 2, 2018
1. A short introduction to the Indian concept of justice, version 2018.

5-6 women see TV reports about a temple situated 2000kms away and file a PIL.
2. Four male judges sitting in the nation's capital listen to arguments for 8 days and decide the practice, existing for several thousands of years, is unconstitutional. The only female judge in the bench decides there is nothing wrong.
3. The centuries old tradition at the temple is destroyed.
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