The Gist Of All Worship

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“This is the gist of all worship: to be pure and to do good to others.
He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased, really worships Shiva.
And if he sees Shiva only in the image, his worship is but preliminary.
He who has served and helped one poor man seeing Shiva in him, without thinking of his caste or creed or race or anything, with him Shiva is more pleased than with the man who sees Him only in temples.”
(Swami Vivekananda – Indian Spiritual leader of the Hindu religion (Vedanta), 1863–1902)

During Dev Diwali there is a dense crowd gathering at almost each ghat along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
This huge painting of Lord Shiva at Dasaswamedh Ghat reminds the legend saying that the City of Light was founded by the deity several thousand years ago making this place the oldest living city in the world…
I took this picture from Anand’s boat in the heart of traffic jam on the sacred river.

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