One of the best things I took away from Swami Kriyananda’s new biography of Paramhansa Yogananda has nothing to do with Yogananda. But it is a good bit for anyone who is unfamiliar with Hinduism who wants to understand some of its practices. In reference to the many different images of the many different Avatars of the Lord (Rama, Krishna, etc.), and the different Devas (Shiva, Brahma, Durga, Ganesha, etc.) many people consider these to be idols, and Hindus therefore “idolators” in the Biblical sense. That definition of idolatry is another thing altogether, but what Swami Kriyananda says is these images are not idols, they are ideals. They are ideal aspects of the Lord, ideal aspects of what is within ourselves if we look hard enough, if we go deep enough in meditation and in walking in Love in everyday life.