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Swami Sivananda in "All About Hinduism" Page 115-119 writes Idol or Murthy (Vigraha), Sun, Fire, Water, Ganga, Saligram, Linga are all symbols or Prateekas of God which help the aspirants to attain one-pointedness of mind and purity of heart. A symbol is absolutely indispensable for fixing the mind. For a Bhakta or a sage, there is no such thing ...

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