in a true democratic way, has given us the opportunity to choose
any one of several paths for our practice that is acceptable to
us instead of a single dogmatic path. This way, different people
in varying levels of understanding and involvement and various stages
of life can practice and follow the same teachings, though with
slightly different set of rules. Even in the earliest verses of
Rigveda, the oldest literary text ever known, the fact about "One
God" worshipped by different name was established. The Vedas
do preach the Impersonal reality, `Brahmam', as the ultimate Truth
and not the personal God in any form. However, they make adequate
room for such a personal God in any of the thousands of divine forms
in various shapes and names as desired by each one of the devotee
in their prayers.
truth was seen in the Vedas several millennia earlier, before all
other organized Religions of the world preached in their teachings.
Many world societies, who were praying to multiple figurines as
several "Gods" and Celestial forces without a philosophy,
started following this path of "One God" much later.
Every one is allowed to pray to God in any form one wants as personal
Deity or "Ishta Devatha". One may pray to natural forces
or to a formless Deity through rituals, prayers or meditation. The
daily practice of the religious faith and the philosophy is well
described in the various portions of the Vedas. Many saints have
written explanatory treatises on this, but there were slight difference
in each one's explanation which has given rise to a subtle fragmentation
of otherwise monolithic society.
strong support given to one view started some forms of group rivalry
among various sections of the community. The diversities in rituals
and practice in language and culture were not able to destroy the
deeper spiritual unity in their thought and practice. The leaders
of our faith have always repudiated the claims from time to time,
that the faith as practiced by any one school to be the exclusive
means of obtaining a realization of the ultimate truth and liberation
of the Soul or reaching the heavens.