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If you have ever wondered, if Hindus worship one God or many Gods, why do Hindus worship images and icons, why does the God in Hindu dharma have multiple
names and multiple forms of God, then this is the where, we hope, you will find answers. Dr. David Frawley has answered many of these commonly asked
questions quite succinctly. For example,
Why Do Hindus Worship Many Gods?
Human beings through history have formulated many different names and forms for the Divine or Eternal. Just as we have many names and forms for other
things, whether it is foods, or types of art, so too, in religion a similar great diversity has been created.
The Western world has prided itself in monotheism, the idea that there is only One God as the highest truth. Western religions have said that only the
names and forms which refer to this One God are valid but those which appear to worship another God, or a multiplicity of divinities, must be false. They
have restricted the names and forms they use in religious worship, and insist that only one set is true and correct and others are wrong or unholy.
As a universal formulation Hinduism accepts all formulations of Truth. According to the universal view there is only One Reality, but it cannot be limit ed
to a particular name or form. Though Truth is One it is also Universal, not an exclusive formulation. It is an inclusive, not an exclusive Oneness - a
spiritual reality of Being - Consciousness - Bliss, which could be called God but which transcends all names. The different Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism
represent various functions of this One Supreme Divinity, and are not separate Gods.
Having many names for something is not necessarily a sign of ignorance of its real nature. On the contrary, it may indicate an intimate knowledge of it.
For example, Eskimos have forty-eight different names for snow in their language because they know snow intimately in its different variations, not because
they are ignorant of the fact that all snow is only one. The many different deities of Hinduism reflect such an intimate realization of the Divine on
Or, Why Does Hinduism Portray God as a Woman?
Hinduism contains many feminine forms of the Divine like Kali, Durga, Lakshmi and Sarasvati. These represent different feminine qualities and functions of
the Divine which contains both male and female energies. For example, Kali portrays the destructive energy, Lakshmi the nourishing, and Sarasvati the
creative, while Durga is the Divine Mother in her protective role. Hinduism also has many dual male-female forms like Radha-Krishna, Sita-Rama, Uma-Mahesh,
and Lakshmi -Narayan in which the female form is usually addressed first. The different masculine forms of the Divine in Hinduism have their feminine
As Sanatana Dharma or a universal tradition Hinduism recognizes that the Divine contains both masculine and feminine attributes. Without giving proper
honor to the feminine qualities a religion must be incomplete and one-sided, which must result in its teachings having negative consequences. Without
recognizing the feminine aspect of Divinity one cannot claim to know God. To recognize the feminine is necessary to restore wholeness, completeness and
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Jesus is a dead guy (slain before the creation of the world,) who is
reborn again, through Mary, to become yet another dead guy, who rises to live again. This dude can not make up his mind.
So, which one of these deaths, was the one that (supposedly) saved us all? And, who slew him?
Here's what God did, He took the anger He feels and hurled it on His Son, whose blood flowed redemptively in
order that we, the hostages of sin, might be set free.
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Time is a fourth dimension. In normal life, time is a tool we use to measure the procession of events of space. But time is something more.
Yes, we use time as a "tool", but time is essential for our physical existence. Space and time when used to describe events can't be clearly
separated. Therefore, space and time are woven together in a symbiotic manner. Having one without the other has no meaning in our physical world. To be
redundant, without space, time would be useless to us and without time, space would be useless to us. This mutual dependence is known as the Spacetime
Continuum. It means that any occurrence in our universe is an event of Space and Time. In Special Relativity, spacetime does not require the notion of a
universal time component. The time component for events that are viewed by people in motion with respect to each other will be different. As you
will see later, spacetime is the death of the concept of simultaneity.
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