seeing a Srimurti, do not even see the image itself, but see the spiritual
model of the image and you are a pure theist. Idolatry and Srimurti
worship are two different things!"
Gyatsa & Salagrama
The area around the Gandaki
river is just a few hours walking from Muktinath-Chumig
Gyatsa and is connected to the veneration of Vishnu
in the form of stones, called Salagrama Shilas (or Silas).
It is said the most beautiful ones can be found
at this river at Salagrama,
a place which is also connected to Krishna
as can be read in this
Shila & sources on the internet
You can find more backgrounds on Salagrama Shila in the
article on Shalagrama-shila in the Journal of Religious Culture No.
33 (2000) by Padmanabh Goswami, Vaishnava Acharya, Head Priest
of the Radharaman Mandir in Vrindavana, India.
See also the article
on Salagrama Sila of Swami B. G. Narasingha at the Saranagati
website and some
details of the Narasimha-salagrama
Salagrama Shilas can
not be obtained via the MFI
N.B. Regularly the MFI receives requests to send Salagrama Shilas
or to provide addresses of shops in Nepal selling them. However the
MFI never grants such requests since as a charity we do not consider
it appropriate to take part in the distribution of Salagrama Shilas
in any way.
We hope for your kind understanding.
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