12. Should One do Worship of Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva
Question: - Should one (do bhakti of) worship Rajgun Brahma, SatgunVishnu and Tamgun Shankar (Shiv)?
Answer: - No.
Question: - Where is the proof that one should not worship Rajgun Brahma, Satgun Vishnu and Tamgun Shankar (Shiv)?
Answer: - Evidence is present in Shrimadbhagavat Gita Chapter 7 Verses 12 to 15, 20 to 23 and Gita Chapter 9 Verses 23-24. In Gita Chapter 7 Verses 12 to 15, it is mentioned that those people who worship Rajgun Brahma, Satgun Vishnu and Tamgun Shiv, they, with demoniac nature, lowest among men, who perform evil deeds, fools, do not even worship me. (This evidence is present in Gita Chapter 7 Verse 12 to 15. A similar thing has been mentioned in the same Gita Chapter 7 Verses 20 to 23 and in Gita Chapter 9 Verse 23-24. Except Kshar Purush, Akshar Purush and Param Akshar Purush who are mentioned in Gita Chapter 15 Verses 16-17, Shri Brahma ji, Shri Vishnu ji and Shri Shiv ji are counted in the other gods.) In both these Chapters (in Gita Chapter 7 and Chapter 9), in the verses mentioned above, the Speaker of the knowledge of Gita has stated that whichever worshipper with whatever objective worships the other gods, he or she worships them considering them to be God. I have granted some power to these gods. Those who worship the gods obtain some benefits ordained by me. But that fruit of those dim-witted people is perishable. Those who worship gods go to the worlds of gods. My worshippers attain me.
It is stated in Gita Chapter 16 Verse 23-24 that abandoning the injunctions of the scriptures, the worshippers who behave arbitrarily, that is, worship the gods, pitras, yakshas, bhairo, ghosts, and chant fictitious mantras, neither do they get any happiness, nor any (siddhi) spiritual success, nor do they get any salvation. Therefore, oh Arjun! For you, in the determination of what should be done (way of worship that should be followed) and what should not be done (the way of worship that should not be followed), scriptures are the evidence. In Gita Chapter 17 Verse 1, Arjun asked that - Oh Krishna! (because Arjun was believing that Shri Krishna is himself imparting the knowledge, but Kaal (Brahm) entering into Shri Krishna’s body like a ghost was uttering the knowledge that has been proved previously) Those who abandoning the injunctions of the scriptures worship the other gods, what is their nature like? The speaker of the knowledge of Gita replied that Satvik people worship the gods, Rajsi people worship the yakshas and demons, and Tamsi people worship ghosts etc. All these acts are against the injunctions of the scriptures. Then in Gita Chapter 17 Verse 5-6, it is stated that those people, who practice arbitrary severe austerity which is not enjoined by the scriptures, are ostentatious, and consider them to be ignorants with demoniac nature who torture the powers situated in the lotuses of their bodies and me.
Even Supreme God has stated in the Sukshm Ved that: -
Kabir, mai masaani sedh sheetla bhairav bhoot hanumant |
Parmatma se nyara rahae, jo inko poojant ||
Ram bhajae to Ram milae, dev bhajae so dev |
Bhoot bhajae so bhoot bhavae, suno sakal sur bhev ||
It has become clear that one should not worship Shri Brahma ji (Rajgun), Shri Vishnu ji (Satgun) and Shri Shiv ji (Tamgun), and along with these, one should also not worship ghosts, Pitras (Shraadh ritual, Teranhvi, Pindodak ritual- all these are worship of ghosts), Bhairav and Hanuman ji.