Radhanath Swami speaks of the archa form of the Lord

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“How great are the Sanskrit Literature. They teach us that in order to facilitate our meditation on the Lord, our service to the Lord, and especially our creating communities of cooperative efforts for the pleasure of the Lord, the Lord can manifest within his own material energy, not just symbolically, but factually.” – Radhanath Swami

When the Lord self-manifests in a deity or when according to proper devotional principles is called upon through prana pratishta, Krishna with Sri Radha assumes the form of the deity.

Krishna, in the form of the deity, is accepting our love and is willing to put himself under our care. Krishna didn’t need mother Yashoda to feed him, but Krishna actually became hungry to inspire and facilitate love and service from Yashoda. And isn’t that wonderful, that Krishna does that even for us? He is here for us in the form of the deity, the Arca Murti. And when we understand the nature of the Arca Murti, we become so grateful. It’s out of mercy, causeless mercy, that Krishna appears within his name within this world, and that same name appears as the murti, the deity, to attract our hearts, and to attract our service, and ultimately to awaken our love. Krishna does not need anything from anyone, but by his own sweet will he assumes a role where he does need us. As the deity, he needs our protection, he needs our food, he needs us to dress him and to bathe him; he is atmarama, self sufficient, but this is the most glorious attribute of God—he assumes this relationship with his devotee just to facilitate loving relationships.

– Radhanath Swami

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  • Milind M Churi

    The Supreme Personality Godhead Lord Sri Krishna is “Bhavgrahi”,it means that He sees the Love and Devotion in our offerings.He is so kind that to reciprocate with His devotees,He appears in the form of His Archa-Vigraha and in this form He accepts our services offered with Love and Devotion.He is not interested in seeing some one’s material positions such as high class or low class.In Mahabharata times He accepted vidura’s simple offering and rejected opulent offerings offered by wicked duryodhana.That’s how He reciprocates.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Lord Krsna appears as the murti, the deity, to attract our hearts, and to attract our service, and ultimately to awaken our love – wonderful eye-opening words!

  • vsk

    Krishna actually became hungry to inspire and facilitate love and service from Yashoda. And isn’t that wonderful, that Krishna does that even for us? He is here for us in the form of the deity, the Arca Murt – so nicely said inspiring us to do more dev service.

  • umesh

    here Radhanath Swami explains the science of Deity worship which has been followed in India since thousands of years.

  • Ravi Garg

    Very instructive article….

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful explanation of how Lord Krsna is present in his deity form and he appears there out of his compassion and love for us and to accept our service.

  • biswajit

    Thank you HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj for explaining us

  • NSP

    In this article, HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj so beautifully points out the mercy of Lord Krishna in His deity form!

  • Deepak

    Radhanath swami shares such insightful information & bring back the consciousness to Krsna which is lost sometimes. Thanks to Radhanath Swami

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami nicely guides us through this article how merciful God is who can appear in the deity form to receive reciprocation from all of us.

  • biswajit

    Thank You Radhanath Swami maharaj for your mercy

  • Pankaj

    It’s out of mercy, causeless mercy, that Krishna appears within his name within this world, and that same name appears as the murti, the deity, to attract our hearts, and to attract our service, and ultimately to awaken our love.

  • Raj

    The depth of understanding of deity worship is so vast.

  • Chandrika

    Such an inspiring and insightful description.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami gives a clear understanding on the deity worship.

  • Rohan Ahirwar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for explaining us how lord appears in the diety form to reciprocate loving exchanges with us.

  • Rajesh

    Various so called mordern people in the society are now propagating the view that Diety worship is not scietific. More and more people are being influenced through various media to accept this. But great souls like HH Radhanath Swami are speaking the truth in such a convincing way that confusion caused because of these ignorant people is being removed like fog goes away when sun comes. Thank you to such souls for being the sun in our life.

  • gaurav

    Thank you so much Radhanath Swami!!

  • Prahalad Kaul

    We can understand about the Lord only from the mouth of pure devotees like HH Radhanath Swami.

  • biswajit

    Thank you very much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  • Vinay Malani

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for bringing out the importance of deity worship.

  • navin poojary

    Krishna manifests his mercy through various forms . one of them is his arca murti form. we should be grateful to Him for giving us so many opportunities for us to Access His mercy

  • manish

    Krishna does not need anything from anyone, but by his own sweet will he assumes a role where he does need us.Thank you Radhanath swami maharaj

  • umesh

    The Lord manifesting in the matter for the benefit of all of us is such a wonderful thing to know. That’s really mercy and by the words of genuine saints like Radhanath Swami we can understand it even in this age of faithlessness.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami nicely explains in this article how to reestablish our lost relationships with God by worshiping the deity form.

  • “This is the most glorious attribute of God—he assumes this relationship with his devotee just to facilitate loving relationships.” God is so kind.

  • Pankaj

    It’s out of mercy, causeless mercy, that Krishna appears within his name within this world, and that same name appears as the murti, the deity, to attract our hearts, and to attract our service, and ultimately to awaken our love.
    Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  • biswajit

    great article, HARE KRISHNA

  • Sunil

    Yes so true, its because of false ego and material desires we cannot see lord and lord is so merciful that descends for our benefits in the form of his holy name and his archa vigra form so that we can chant and utilize our other senses for serving him…We always say Lord is great..BUt never understand how Great he is …

  • Pankaj

    It’s out of mercy, causeless mercy, that Krishna appears within his name within this world.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    How Krishna appears in deity form in this world and engages us in His loving relationships is nicely explained by HH Radhanath Swami which is very hope giving.

  • ASH

    Thanks for revealing that Deity form is a mercy incarnation of the Lord.

  • Aishwarya

    Amazing explanation of the mood behind deity worship.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Wonderful description of Deity worship by Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Lord Krishna in the form of His deity form shows how merciful He is.

  • vvdd

    so wonderfully explained!!

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    We are fortunate if we accept the mercy of Krsna in His Arca Murti. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Wonderful! However krishna is AtmaRam still he assumes this relationship with his devotee just to facilitate loving relationships.

  • Sanjiv

    It’s out of causeless mercy, that Krishna (God) appears within his name within this world, and that same name appears as the murti, the deity, to attract our hearts, our service, and ultimately to awaken our love. – How grateful must we be !

  • umesh

    The mercy of Lord is really amazing by which he manifests Himself in murti form.

  • “Krishna, in the form of the deity, is accepting our love and is willing to put himself under our care. ” Krishna is providing all facilities to reciprocate with Him.

  • deepak bagla

    wonderful article. General people say that we should not believe in idol worship but here Radhanath swami has so nicely explained the significance and greatness of diety and the lord

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Wonderful article by HH Radhanath Swami. We can see Krishna in the temples established by great acaryas in parampara as love of Godhead is the main knowledge being distributed there.

  • manish

    Wonderful explanation of Deity..Krishna does not need anything from anyone, but by his own sweet will he assumes a role where he does need us.Thank you Radhanath swami maharaj

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Yes, the Lord is so merciful that he manifests himself in the form of a deity so that we can reciprocate with him even though he does not need anything from us except our love.

  • Kiran Yagain

    Often devotees are confronted by impersonalists about the authenticity of deity worship which is often misunderstood as idol worship. This short and sweet article if properly studied, empowers one to profess the authenticity of deity worship in a nutshell. Thank You Maharaj for making my day…..through this article…..!

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Wonderful article ..Thank you so much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji for the nectar.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami nicely explains in this article how Krishna is so merciful and so eager for our love.

  • umesh

    What a beautiful description of the Deity! thank you Radhanath Swami for the same.

  • Sagar K

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami. This article gave me a new vision to look at deities!

  • vijay waichal

    Thank You Radhanath Swami maharaj for your mercy

  • How much Krishna is merciful?

  • Rajeev

    We can not fathom the unlimited mercy showered on us by vaishnava’s like HH Radhanath Swami by supreme mercy of Krishna, such a wonderful description of why lord comes in deity form that naturally we get attracted towards him.

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Jai. Krishna is so merciful. Thank you Radhanath Swami

  • chandrika

    Thank You Radhanath Swami