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Belief matters; a story about why do Hindus believe in worshipping idols

This is a story that I have read in WhatsApp sent by someone and I agree.

Even today there are a lot of people who thinks why do people worship Idols made out of stone while they claim God is everywhere. Same was the thought for a king who have asked the same to Swami Vivekananda. Here is his response.

Swami: OK, King, I’ll try and show you practically… and turns to a servant and asks him to bring down Kings portrait that exist just above where King was sitting. Servant does the same. Then Swami asks him to spit on it. Servant gets confused and keep looking at both the King and Swami. Swami continues to order him the same more aggressively. King appears to get angry. After a while, Servant shouted at Swami saying “my king is there in that portrait; so how do you expect me to spit”.

Then Swami says “what? your king is sitting just in-front of you; that is just a paper. so you can feel free to spit”. Servant replies “no, I believe wherever I see face of my king, he exist there”.

Swami turns to King and says this is the same way people believe in idols as their God. Idols and temples are important to create a concentrated environment to worship.

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