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Old 16-07-2017, 07:17 PM
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Why are there so many gods?

Why are there so many gods in Hinduism? I mean in all other religions there are more or less one god but in Hinduism there are thousands of gods.

Who is the main god, the god of all the gods?

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Old 17-07-2017, 03:24 AM
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Why are there so many gods in Hinduism? I mean in all other religions there are more or less one god but in Hinduism there are thousands of gods.

Who is the main god, the god of all the gods?

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Namaste.

Brahman Absolute (not Brahma) is the 'main God' of all the Gods. Every other God just represents it in a form that is pleasing to the devotee, so that Brahman can be experientially realised.

Why are there so many Gods? To give us the choice of who/what shall represent Brahman in a form we can directly relate to the formless. This is known as 'Ishta Devata' or 'personal God'.

Of course, we could say that "Vishnu is God" or "Shiva is God" or 'Brahma is God" or even "The Trimurti (all three of them) is God" or even "the 33 crore of Gods is God" but that still places a human limitation on what God is when He/She/It is all of that and more.

Think of them all as signposts along the way of whatever path (sampradaya) you follow. The signpost isn't the destination but without the signpost showing you which way to go, the destination will never be reached.

Let's just say that Hinduism likes to give people the choice and yes, if you worship a chair or an article made of clay to be God, Brahman will eventually be found also.

It's all about bhava (inclination/intention).

I worship Shiva. Shiva is also Vishnu, Brahma, Krishna and all the 33 crore devas...Brahman Absolute.

To those who worship Vishnu, Vishnu is also Shiva, Brahma, Krishna and all the 33 crore devas...Brahman Absolute.

Is there any difference between a Shaivite (Shiva devotee) and a Vaishnava (Vishnu devotee)? Nope, none whatsoever and only those who have realised Brahman can actually see that.

Then after we reach the destination, we still go back and hug the signpost anyway...funny that. lol

Here's another thread about it, according to The Upanishads:
http://www.spiritualforums.com/vb/sh...d.php?t=113709

Aum Namah Shivaya
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Old 17-07-2017, 04:23 PM
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Namaste.

Brahman Absolute (not Brahma) is the 'main God' of all the Gods. Every other God just represents it in a form that is pleasing to the devotee, so that Brahman can be experientially realised.

Why are there so many Gods? To give us the choice of who/what shall represent Brahman in a form we can directly relate to the formless. This is known as 'Ishta Devata' or 'personal God'.

Of course, we could say that "Vishnu is God" or "Shiva is God" or 'Brahma is God" or even "The Trimurti (all three of them) is God" or even "the 33 crore of Gods is God" but that still places a human limitation on what God is when He/She/It is all of that and more.

Think of them all as signposts along the way of whatever path (sampradaya) you follow. The signpost isn't the destination but without the signpost showing you which way to go, the destination will never be reached.

Let's just say that Hinduism likes to give people the choice and yes, if you worship a chair or an article made of clay to be God, Brahman will eventually be found also.

It's all about bhava (inclination/intention).

I worship Shiva. Shiva is also Vishnu, Brahma, Krishna and all the 33 crore devas...Brahman Absolute.

To those who worship Vishnu, Vishnu is also Shiva, Brahma, Krishna and all the 33 crore devas...Brahman Absolute.

Is there any difference between a Shaivite (Shiva devotee) and a Vaishnava (Vishnu devotee)? Nope, none whatsoever and only those who have realised Brahman can actually see that.

Then after we reach the destination, we still go back and hug the signpost anyway...funny that. lol

Here's another thread about it, according to The Upanishads:

Aum Namah Shivaya

Ahh thanks The Necromancer makes allot of sense, i keep hearing that this god is the same as this god just a different name and so on. Thanks for explaining it all.
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Old 18-07-2017, 01:30 AM
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Ahh thanks The Necromancer makes allot of sense, i keep hearing that this god is the same as this god just a different name and so on. Thanks for explaining it all.
No problem. Glad I could share and help out.

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