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BRAHMA
BRAHMA
Hinduism believes in
one God. It also
accommodates the ideas
of
personal
and
impersonal God. They
are different aspects or
expressions of the same Divine Reality. God in
His impersonal aspect is called Nirguna
Brahman, and in His personal aspect He is called
Saguna Brahman.
Hinduism believes in
one God. It also
accommodates the ideas
of
personal
and
impersonal God. They
are different aspects or
expressions of the same Divine Reality. God in
His impersonal aspect is called Nirguna
Brahman, and in His personal aspect He is called
Saguna Brahman.
Saguna Brahman, who is the creator of this
world, is omnipresent, all-knowing and all
powerful. Saguna Brahman, even though sexless,
can be addressed and adored by Hindus as both
Mother and Father.
Saguna Brahman, who is the creator of this
world, is omnipresent, all-knowing and all
powerful. Saguna Brahman, even though sexless,
can be addressed and adored by Hindus as both
Mother and Father.
Creation, preservation and destruction go handin-hand in this world. Saguna Brahman is not just
the creator, but the preserver and destroyer also.
The creator aspect of Saguna Brahman is called
Brahma; the preserver aspect, Vishnu; and the
destroyer aspect Shiva. These three form the socalled Hindu Trinity.
Creation, preservation and destruction go handin-hand in this world. Saguna Brahman is not just
the creator, but the preserver and destroyer also.
The creator aspect of Saguna Brahman is called
Brahma; the preserver aspect, Vishnu; and the
destroyer aspect Shiva. These three form the socalled Hindu Trinity.
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Different powers or glories of God are
personified through imagination and called
Deities in Hinduism. Deities are not so many
gods; they are personified expressions of the
different powers and glories of the one and
only God.
Different powers or glories of God are
personified through imagination and called
Deities in Hinduism. Deities are not so many
gods; they are personified expressions of the
different powers and glories of the one and
only God.
Hinduism believes that out of compassion for
His creatures God incarnates on earth in
tangible form and becomes part of history. A
Divine Incarnation is called an Avatara. In
Hinduism there can be many Divine
Incarnations. Whenever virtue declines and
irreligion prevails God incarnates on earth to
revitalize religion and save the righteous.
Hinduism believes that out of compassion for
His creatures God incarnates on earth in
tangible form and becomes part of history. A
Divine Incarnation is called an Avatara. In
Hinduism there can be many Divine
Incarnations. Whenever virtue declines and
irreligion prevails God incarnates on earth to
revitalize religion and save the righteous.
Some Hindus worship God through images.
As God is intangible, tangible symbols of
God, or images, are used by Hindus to
establish mental communion with God. A
Hindu who adores and worships God
through images is fully aware that the
images are not God Himself. They are only
aids to God realization.
Some Hindus worship God through images.
As God is intangible, tangible symbols of
God, or images, are used by Hindus to
establish mental communion with God. A
Hindu who adores and worships God
through images is fully aware that the
images are not God Himself. They are only
aids to God realization.
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