As I said in the last two talks, self-realisation is basically to understand oneself and in the process of understanding oneself (which, of course, is the ultimate aim of the Upanishad), one has to break down innumerable illusions that we have created about ourselves, one by one.
We have to break all the idols that we have created for ourselves, not ‘ideals’ but idols. The Vedantin, or the seeker, is the ultimate iconoclast. It is not enough to just say I don’t worship idols, every one of us worships some kind of idol or the other; there is nothing wrong with that per se and it is fine.
We appreciate somebody, say matinee idols, and we worship them in a way. That is fine. What I am saying here is that when it comes to enquiry–going within and finding out about the self–one has to discard a number of misunderstandings and illusions that have been drilled into us from a very young age.
I am not against idol worship. I love those beautiful forms featured inside temples. And so on, the lovely mountains, which are also images. Nothing wrong in that!