Power in Temples- A Modern Perspective
A Modern Perspective"When I go to our temple, I do only what my parents tell me to do. I do not really know what I am doing. I just know what my parents tell me what I can and cannot do and I go about my business. That is the way I have known my religion for fifteen years. I have heard many children both my age and older, who say that they do not understand our religion very well either....Something should be done to belp us better orient ourselves to our religion." - from the Temple Times, journal of Mahalakshmi Temple Societ,USA.
There is a well-coordinated system of knowledge behind the institution of temple and temple worship, which takes into account the subtle facts of the universe and man's relation with them. With a lucid presentation of the principles of this vital aspect of Indian culture, the book highlights the scientific facts in temple worship and dispels misconceptions. Having the reputation as the first book to present temple worship from a scientific viewpoint, this is a modern exploration into a great heritage that survived millennia. The book, which has passed through a few editions, inspires the devout, impresses the scientist and kindles rethinking in the materialist.
Temple-worship, this practical application of spirituality evolved from the spiritual insights, is often degraded into exploitation and erroneous concepts because of the lack of awareness of its physical, psychological and spiritual rationale.
The science of temple-worship, which forms an effective means for the conditioned human mind to be in communion with the Supreme Source can be better understood through a scientific perspective. It involves well-coordinated subtle principles, a knowledge which is the outcome of deepest inquiries into Reality.
Unexamined rejection, superstitious dogmas, misuse and exploitation of these vibrant centres of spiritual power are the result of inadequate knowledge of the science and rationale involved
"The book has given me many insights into Indian culture and the relationship between science and religion."
- Mr. Thomas R. Pickering, former U.S. Ambassador in India
"The book is an impassioned but vigorous plea for re-evaluating the meaning and importance of the Hindu heritage. Such a plea is vitally necessary today. The author, Srikant, deserves special compliments for making available these refreshing waters to soothe the souls of those sweating in the heat of materialistic concepts."
– Swami Nithyabodhananda, Former President, Vedanta Centre, Geneva.
"I convey my appreciation of your book which goes a long way in giving guidance and scientific explanations for many of our questions… I strongly recommend this book to all temple worshippers and temple administrators."
- Dr. G.V. Raghu, former President, Atlanta Hindu Temple, U.S.A.
"The book by an author whose erudition is quite obvious and matched only by his abundant passion for Hindu thought encompasses a much wider canvas than the title would suggest. The author provides scintillating fare on the subtle nexus between the Creator, Cosmos and Man. The explanation of the interlocking symbolism is indeed very beautiful… written lucidly and rich in contents."
-Lines from review, 'The Hindu'
"The book is a logical analysis of the deeper significance of temples and how they assist in the evolution of human beings towards the higher stages of existence. ….The significance of temples is so well presented that everyone who visits a temple after reading the book will have new perceptions."
-Lines from review, 'Indian Express'Demy 1/8; Pages 240; Price in India Rs.300.00; Foreign US $ 12.00 or equivalent (includes forwarding charges by air-mail).