It is believed that there are 84,00,000 gods and goddess in Hinduism. This figure is greater than all gods ever mentioned in any other mythology put together. Though main are 20 – 25 only. But still why so many. All other main religions like Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism etc. beleives in existence of one good only. They bellringer that God had no form. Neither human nor anything else. Take Allha. Even Christ is not mentioned as god.(he was son of God)
History has shown that every religion who has worshipped good which are shown as having forms(humans or otherwise) , those who are diety worshippers had been destroyed. Greeks, Egyptians and many more.
However, Hinduism not only survived for thousands of years, it also spend and not of the third largest religion in the world. How a diety worshipping religion flourished when all others were finished???
To know answer to this we need to understand the concept of Aatma. Aatma on Sanskrit means ‘true self’. It is user to refer to the soul or spirit that resides inside our body.
Can I ask who you are? You may tell me you are Rita, Shanti , Sophi, Bulma , Joseph or whatever your beautiful name is. You are not your name or your body. You are not your eyes out your mouth out your senses. You are a spirit. A child of God. You may see yourself as your body which has a form. But your true self is formless just like the almighty.
So why are we trapped in this body. Why our spirit can’t be free. Why do we need this form?
I am assuming that you all know about GUI(Graphic User Interface). It is the thing that lets us communicate with our computer by means of icons and clicks. Think of there was no graphic user interface was developed. Those who know about DOS know how difficult was it to interact with the computer. It is really tiresome for writing long commands for functions that take 2 clicks nowadays.
GUI helps us interact with computer. It doesn’t mean that it is really the thing being that is doing the actual work. It is not the code that is truly carrying out the work. It is just an illusion(just like in movie Matrix) to let us communicate with the computer.
Our body, our face, our senses are just an interface between us an the outside world.
Our true self lies inside. We need this interface because we can’t imagine anything without it. It enables us to understand the laws of the universe and physics that covers our life.
Would apple have fallen on Newton’s head of concept of mass does not exist. Would Newton have discovered gravity if he was not able to see our feel that apple?
We can’t even imagine anything that doesn’t have form. That doesn’t have mass or volume. Even our feelings, love, friendship, hate are towards something that has a form.
Try to think of God as form less. Let alone praying to him, you can’t even imagine him.
Even if you can constitute a vauge picture can you feel the same connection as you feel to Krishna or Jesus Christ or Gurus or anyone you pray to. It is very hard to imagine something other that data that out senses receive.
Can you imagine something that has no smell, taste, sound, colours and you cannot feel it. You may friendship or love but they are directed towards something which have form.
That’s why almighty takes many forms or send his messengers to us. To remember us our duty towards our fellow beings.
All religions have mentioned that God is one. Good is one but take many forms, so that we can imagine him, can connect to him.
This theory is an important part of Hinduism and is mentioned many times in our holy texts.(puranas and Vedas and Upanishads).
It is one on the most important teachings of holy Gita also.
Many westerners think that we are diety worshippers. But let us tell them that we are proud of it. We promote the concept on One god to rule then all. But we are also personally connected to our dieties.
We humans can be more close to a form rather than something that we can’t even imagine. Isn’t this also the reason for Jesus to come to earth.
Lots of thanks for reading and understanding our ideology.