Demigod Worship - an essential subject
Acceptance of cheap gods or incarnations of God is atheism. Those who worship demigods or self-proclaimed incarnations of God are all atheists. They have lost their knowledge, as confirmed in the Bhagavad-gītā (7.20): kāmais tais tair hṛta-jñānāḥ prapadyante ’nya-devatāḥ. "Those whose minds are distorted by material desires surrender unto demigods." Unfortunately, those who do not cultivate Kṛṣṇa consciousness and do not properly understand the Vedic knowledge accept anyone to be an incarnation of God, and they are of the opinion that one can become an incarnation simply by worshiping a demigod. Demigod worship is meant for materialistic men whether in goodness, passion, or ignorance. Those in the transcendental position above the qualities of the material world worship Visnu.
By worshiping the demigods one may elevate himself to the higher planets, but during the dissolution of the material world, the deity and the abode of the deity will be destroyed. Therefore the ultimate goal is to surrender ourselves to the worship of Lord Kṛṣṇa or Visnu.
Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Demigod Worship category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 10 quotes.
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books
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