Prabhupada on Ganesh & Siva worship
71-08-25 Letter: Sivananda
So far worshipping Ganesa is concerned, that is not necessary. Not that it should be done on a regular basis. If you like you can pray to Ganapati for removing all impediments on the path of Krishna Consciousness. That you can do if you like.
74-11-21 Letter: Sudama
The Ganesa puja may not be performed. No, it is not to be done. No need of it.
74-12-28 Letter: Sons
Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita, chapter 18; sarva-dharman parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja, aham tvam sarva-papebhyo, moksayisyami ma sucah. So why you want to worship someone else. Krsna, Himself, recommends mam ekam, he alone. Therefore we must do like that. If one wants to water the tree he waters the root. There is no necessity of watering the branches. The demigods are all different parts of the universal form of the Supreme Lord. But Krsna is even more than that whole complete universal form. He is the origin of that universal form. Therefore I do not encourage you to worship this demigod, Ganesa. It is not required, it is not necessary. Simply worship Krsna. Perform nice devotional service to Krsna. Then your lives will certainly become perfect. Of course if one has got some sentiment for achieving the blessings of Ganesa for accumulating large sums of money to serve Krsna, then he may perform this Ganesa worship, privately, not making a public show. But first of all he must give me $100,000 per month. Not a single farthing less. If he can supply this amount, $100,000 per month, then he will be allowed to do this Ganesa Puja. Otherwise he should not do it. It will not be good. That is my order. So all of you keep yourselves strong in Krsna Consciousness by following all of my basic principles. That is of the utmost importance. Do not fail to chant 16 rounds daily, rise early, come to mangala arati, come to classes and follow the 4 regulative principles. In this way your life will become free from all anxieties. Please try to distribute my books in huge quantities more and more. This is very much satisfying to me.
74-12-31 Letter: Gurukrpa
Regarding Ganesa Puja, I have received some letters from persons requesting to also perform it. I have explained to them that ultimately it is not required, but if you have some sentiment to get the blessings of Ganesa in order to get huge sums of money for service of Krishna, then it can be done, but privately. I have instructed them that if they want to do it, they must send me at least 100,000 dollars monthly–not less.
Room Conversation — November 11, 1971, New Delhi:
Guest: (indistinct) Any worship we first worship Lord Ganeśa, India.
Prabhupāda: That is not necessary. That is not necessary. If we worship other demigods to fulfill our, some particular desire… (Hindi) There are different demigods they worship, but one who knows that “If I approach Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Lord, then everything is obtained…”
Guest: You say a true devotee of Kṛṣṇa, such a person need not go after the demigods?
Prabhupāda: No, no, no.
Prabhupāda: There is no need.
“You know that we have refused even the Hindu people to hold demigod worship in our temple […]
As a matter of fact, we should not allow anyone to hold any function in our temple, otherwise than Vaisnava principle”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, 10th October 1968)
“Other demigods, like Brahma, Siva, Surya, Ganesa and many similar deities, are worshiped by men in the mode of passion, urged on by the desire for material enjoyment. But those who are actually situated in the mode of goodness (sattva-guna) of material nature worship only visnu-tattvas […]
It is for this reason only that candidates for liberation deliberately reject the worship of the demigods, although they have no disrespect for any one of them.”
(Srimad-Bhagavatam, 1.2.26, purport)
“So I think that the Murti which you have got is not Visnu Murti, but it appears to be a Murti of Lord Siva.
Anyway, this Murti is not worshipable by us. In our temple we shall always worship Radha Krishna Murti or Lord Jagannatha.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, 15th January 1969)
“The greatest danger to our movement will come when we manufacture and create our own process for worshiping the deities.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, 4/1/73)
“But if everyone says that “I can manufacture my own way of worshiping the Deity,” then what will be the condition? It will be simply pandemonium. ”
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, 22/6/72)
“The Deity worship should be done just in the way it was carried out in my presence.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, 13/11/70)