Is it wrong worshiping demigods out of love, not for benefits?
A Girl devotee asked like this:
Hare Krishna Prabhuji. I have a question. Is worshipping the demigods without any material desires and out of love, considered material worship? I have heard many cases of Goddess Kali, Lord Shiva helping their devotees, appearing before them in persons. Krishna said that those who worship the demigods are less intelligent. Is this applicable to these devotees? Please hide my name.
I always use the terms like this in this matter:
“Love and Surrender to Krishna and Respect all other deities”
When we love many, we can’t concentrate in anyone. Love means, exclusive to one.
So, love Krishna and respect all the others including demigods, gurus, parents, and elders and youngsters in general.
You love your parents. You love your lover or spouse. That’s all you can do. How many people you can love?
If you love all, how can you satisfy them by concentrating in the welfare of everyone?
Is our love on other people and Krishna the same?
True love exists only between an athma and his master, Paramathma, Krishna. It alone is pure, spiritual and selfless and not binding but liberating from material clutches.
So, our love with Krishna is the TRUE LOVE.
Mother, father and spouse?
It is also love, but, material love, ie contaminated form of spiritual love.
Here contaminated love means ‘love out of attachments and forced by karma’.
Since Krishna wants us to get freed from attachments and karmic reactions, He purifies us from attachments if we surrender to Him and love Him.
So, those who love Krishna will be subjected to the purifying process gradually and all their anarthas (attachments and karmic reactions) will be cleared stage by stage by giving suitable experiences.
That is why, the devotees of Krishna face more problems. This is how Krishna purifies us from our karmic reactions.
You say that you like to worship demigods out of love.
Don’t share the love to many.
Honour them. Respect them. Don’t insult them. Don’t speak disrespecting them.
The recommended prayer you should make towards any god or senior devotees or parents or elders should be this:
“Dear Ganesha/ Karthikeya/ Durga Devi/ Guruji/ Devotee/ Dad/ Mom/ Sir/ Madam…….PLEASE BLESS ME TO COME UP IN MY DEVOTION AND SERVICE TO KRISHNA, NOT FOR ANY OTHER THING”
Do this. That means, you are on right track.
I do not object visiting the temples of other gods, but, be sure in the following two aspects:
(1) Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and Paramathma, ie, our master.
(2) Never ask them anything except the BLESSINGS TO COME UP IN DEVOTION AND SERVICE TO KRISHNA.
This is what I am following that gives me peace of mind because I neither offend any god nor compromise the position of Krishna.
If you like the way I follow, you too follow. Be relieved.