In 2016 one of the
held in the divine presence at Malaysia. A devotee asked if one must visit temples even when God is in our hearts.
And here is what Swami said:
If you really experience Me in your heart, your heart is the temple; you do not have to go anywhere. It is only when you are not able to feel Me in your heart, because your mind is overpowering and disturbing you, that you need the right kind of environment, the right kind of sangha or company to make you feel at peace, to let your mind calm down and again feel My presence.
What you do is, you go to the temple, ring the bell, offer flowers, stand in front of the idol and close your eyes. Ultimately, you are trying to experience Me in your heart, not outside.
The temple is the environment, while the purity, vibrations and company of other devotees helps your mind to calm down so that you can connect to your heart faster. That is the purpose of temples. If you have that same feeling all the time; if you are living in that feeling always, then you do not have to go anywhere.