Do you appreciate or condemn the life initiation in idols? (prana pratistha).A.
Whenever a temple is constructed, the idol is established in it as part of the ceremony of 'life initiation'. The living God is invited to establish Himself in the inert idol. Then on the inert idol is treated as if it were the Living God.
If you take the life initiation as a model of knowledge, it is appreciated. The real meaning of the life initiation in an idol is thus: The inert idol + life initiation indicates the human incarnation of the Lord. The human incarnation of the Lord is the Lord (living aspect) which has entered the inert body made out of matter. It prepares one to accept the Lord in human form. If you say that the life initiation actually brings life in the idol, it should be condemned because the idol remains inert and can never even move even an inch. You cannot bring back life in a dead body by such life initiation. Can you?
Source - http://www.universal-spirituality.org/rituals.html