“Those whose minds are distorted by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 7.20)
कामैस् तैस् तैर् हृत-ज्ञानाः
तं तं नियमम् आस्थाय
प्रकृत्या नियताः स्वया
kāmais tais tair hṛta-jñānāḥ
taṁ taṁ niyamam āsthāya
prakṛtyā niyatāḥ svayā
Friend1: I think one of the biggest crimes you can commit in modern day bhakti-yoga practice is having any sort of worship of someone who isn’t Vishnu directly.
Friend2: Are you referring to “demigod” worship?
Friend2: Who is bringing forth the charges? You mentioned “crime.”
Friend1: Let’s say it’s an established institution. The example we’ll use here is a wedding. Someone who is officially within the order [they have been duly initiated] wants to hold a wedding for someone in the family.
Friend2: Oh, you know…
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