Terms and Questions
1. What is the difference between iconic and aniconic images? Give an example of each within a Hindu context.
2. Eck writes, “Without a form, how can God be meditated upon? If (He is) without any form, where will the mind fix itself? When there is nothing for the mind to attach itself to, it will slip away from meditation or will glide into a state of slumber. Therefore the wise will meditate on some form, remembering, however, that the form is a superimposition and not a reality” (Eck, p. 45). Explain the significance of this quote.
3. Describe and explain the nature and importance of reciprocity within Puja.
4. Why is there such a prominent role of the eyes in apprehending the sacred in devotional Hinduism?