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HR 311.08 - 06
Understanding that Truth is One in Many Forms for our Prayers
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8- 06: Principles of One God that Manifests as Many Gods
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Manifestations of One Almighty in Many forms for our Prayers
 
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Hindus offer prayers to Supreme Divine Reality in various forms and also upa-Devathas. They do recognize that the Supreme is behind and beyond all those images and icons they pray. It is the main cause of this entire universe and all the life and non-life forms that exists. He is the creator, protector, preserver and dissolver. He has all the attributes that are beyond our perception. While all Hindus accept the teachings that Divine is ONE and One only, they also have been taught that the Supreme God makes manifestations and they are worshipped in several forms. Even while offering prayers to various manifestations of the Supreme and many sub-ordinate Deities as icons and images and also to their Gurus, every Hindu always understands that these are the path to reach that One and only Supreme Paramathma who is behind all of these forms

The Western Faiths say that there is only One God who is formless, has no shape and lives in a distant heaven. But, they also say that God created man in His own image. Well, Hindus accept that God created Man and so they see the Divine in the forms of men and they make a form for God in a Masculine form of images as a Father. The Supreme God also created woman and so forms of woman as Divine mother is worshipped. Similarly, we see God as a Child too. So also, God created Animals and Plants and Hindus use images in the forms of several animals and plants for worship. So, worship of these multiple manifestations in every life form becomes important.

With these various forms of "Gods" that Hindus worship, one often hears the comment that Hindus have 330 Million Gods [33 Crores in Indian Languages]. This is far from the truth, fit for an illiterate mind only. Our purãnas and Vedas say that there are only "33 devas" or Upa-Devathas or Vedic 'Gods' (8 Vasu, 11 Rudra, 12 Aditya and 2 A?vins)." We also see the power of Supreme Divinity in every form that He created such as the Sun, Moon and Stars and also various all the natural forces, like air, water, earth and fire that He created in the universe. These are also worshipped as upa-Dèvathas. These are angels and other Divine beings who serve the universe as the natural forces.

While the Supreme God created all the parts of the universe as part of His Divine play, he established the fourteen Lokas or planes of worlds for individual athma to reside and perform their Divine Karmas to establish His rules of Dharma. Various life forms were created in our earth and among them Human creations are unique with superior intelligence along with the knowledge of Dharma and also free will to perform their Karma and related activities. The individual Ãthma, as Jiva, is born in the world in Human body as a part of the Paramãthma. They perform all the assigned Karmas with their free-will and after that move to one of the Lokas according to their Karmas.

 

 

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manmanaa bhava madh-bhakto madh-yaaji maan namaskuru |
maam-e'vaisyasi sathyam the' prathijaane' priyo'sime' || -- XVIII - 65

Srimad Bhagavad Geetha: Chapter XVIII -65

-- With your mind engrossed in Me, become My devotee, worship Me and salute Me.
I promise you that you will come to Me alone, as you are so dear to Me.

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Chapter - 8: Realization of the Supreme with Rituals & Prayers ~Lesson - 06~
 
Lessons: - :~: 8- 01 :~: 8- 02 :~: 8- 03 :~: 8- 04 :~: 8- 05 :~: 8- 06 :~: 8- 07 :~: 8- 08 :~: 8- 09 :~:
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