Dear Swamiji, Pranams!
I have a question based on religion . We Hindus pray to gods like Lord Siva , Lord Narayana , Lord Brahma.why do we have this many number of gods? But the main thing is that one my christian friend told that “the gods like siva, vishnu,Brahma are all fake gods they are all evil powers” The only one god is Jesus for all and he asked me that why lord siva wears a snake on his throat and how water comes out from his head and why they are all married?. This looks like animation done “. In this way he use to tell me and make me sad. Can you please tell me the answer for the question which my friend asked me? so that i can make him to realise that all gods are one who is the almighty to the whole universe.
He also told me that “you all people who are praying to idols will go to hell but not to heaven(Hindus)” please clarify me my doubt and make my friend also to know the truth regarding to this matter.
WE ARE HAPPY FOR THE QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ABOUT THE RELIGION. WE GIVE ANSWERS IN SHORT. Ok!
1. WE ARE NOT NECESSARILY BE CALLED AS HINDUS. BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT GODS, & THINGS LIKE SOULS, VIRTUES(PUNYAS) OR SINS(PAPAS), HEAVEN, HELL AND MANY MORE THINGS – NOT BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN THEM, BUT BECAUSE WE ARE KNOWING ABOUT THEM THROUGH A SCRIPTURE CALLED VEDA. ALL THE SASTHRAS, PURANAS ETC., ARE ELABORATING THE ESSENCE OF VEDAS ONLY. HENCE WE SHOULD BE CALLED AS VEDICS. ALL THE NAMES LIKE VISHNU, SIVA BRAHMA OR ANY OTHER DEVAS OR FOUND ONLY IN THAT VEDA. OK.
AND THEN, PEOPLE BELONGING TO KING BHARATHA WERE OUR ANCESTORS. HERE “OUR” MEANS NOT ONLY PEOPLE IN INDIA, BUT PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD, LET THEM BELONG TO ANY RACE OR COLOUR. BECAUSE OF THIS ALL THESE HUMAN BEINGS SHOULD BE CALLED AS “BHARATHAS”. KEEP THESE TWO THINGS IN MIND FIRST. ‘HINDU’ IS THE NAME USED AS A DISTORTED VERSION.
IN VEDAS, THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD. NOT MANY. BUT THAT ONE, IS ALL-PERVASIVE, SO HE IS CALLED AS VISHNU. HE IS GREATER THAN THE GREATEST. SO HE IS CALLED AS BRAMHA. HE ALWAYS DOES GOOD TO ALL. THUS HE IS CALLED AS SIVA. HE IS CONTROLLING EVERY THING SO, HE IS NAMED AFTER ISWARA. HE DWELLS IN AND OUT OF ALL OBJECT, KNOWING EVERY MOVEMENT, RIGHT FROM ATOM TO COSMOS. SO HE IS NAMED AFTER NARAYANA. ULTIMATELY IT IS ONE GOD ONLY, HAVING SEVERAL NAMES,
REVEALING SEVERAL ACTIVITIES, TO SUPPORT THIS UNIVERSE. GREAT PEOPLE GAVE DIFFERENT FORMS TO DEPICT THOSE ACTIVITIES. ONE NEED NOT BE CONFUSED BY SEEING DIFFERENT NAMES AND FORMS.
AND THEN, WE, FOLLOWING VEDAS, TRY TO FEEL THE PRESENCE OF THAT UNIVERSAL POWER GOD, IN EVERY OBJECT EVEN IN THE NATURE AND ALL LIVING ENTITIES, MAY BE THEY ARE DOMESTIC OR CRUEL. WE RESPECT ALL THE SYSTEM OF THE UNIVERSE BECAUSE THEY ARE WITH SOME PURPOSE. NO ENTITY EXISTS WITHOUT REASON. HENCE, EVERY CRUEL CREATURE IS ATTACHED TO ONE FORM OF GOD VIZ., SERPANT WITH VISHNU, SNAKES WITH SIVA, LION WITH PARVATHI, EAGLE WITH VISHNU, BULL WITH
SIVA… LIKE THAT. THIS SAYS THAT YOU NEED NOT IGNORE EVEN THOSE ANIMALS AND BIRDS. IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU HAVE TO LIVE WITH THEM IN YOUR HOUSES. WHAT YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THEY MUST BE KEPT IN THEIR RESPECTIVE PLACES AND SHOULD NOT BE DISTURBED
BASED ON THE PERSONIFIED FORMS OF THOSE POWERS OF GOD, PURANAS GAVE INNUMERABLE DETAILS OF EVENTS. WE NEED PROPER GUIDANCE TO FOLLOW THEM, FOR, THEY ARE DEALING WITH UNIVERSAL SECRETS. OTHERWISE THEY APPEAR ODD. THEY WERE DESCRIBED WITH THEIR SPOUSES, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE MARRIED LIKE HUMAN BEINGS, BUT THE WOMAN IS A FORM OF ENERGY. SO EACH OF THE FORMS OF GOD HAVING A FORM AND SOME ENERGY. ONE CANNOT SEPARATE THE ENERGY FROM THE
OBJECT. FORM IS MASCULINE WORD AND ENERGY IS A FEMININE WORD. SO THEY WERE SHOWN AS WIFE AND HUSBAND. IN VEDIC CULTURE WIFE AND HUSBAND LIVE TOGETHER TILL THE END. THEY NEVER QUARREL AND TAKE DIVORCE EVERY NOW AND THEN. EVEN AT TIMES SOME QUARREL APPEARS, IT WILL BE WITH SOME PURPOSE TO HELP SOMEBODY IN THIS WORLD. HENCE, THERE ARE WIVES WITH DIFFERENT FORMS OF THAT “ONE GOD”.
WE VEDICS NEVER CRITICISE PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO SEE ‘THAT ONE GOD’ IN SOME NEW FORM THEY LIKE, BECAUSE WHEN GOD IS UNIVERSAL AND IN-DWELLER OF EVEN AN ATOM, THEN ALL OBJECTS BECOME ‘HIS FORMS ONLY’. THE IDOL WHICH PEOPLE WORSHIP ALSO FALLS IN THAT SAME CATEGORY; WHY CANNOT IT BE ACCEPTED? TO DRAW THE POWER FROM THE IDOLS, AGAIN, THERE RECOMMENDED SOME PROCEDURE IN BOOKS LIKE PANCHARATRA AGAMAM. ONE NEEDS TO LOOK INTO THEM, TAKE RIGHT LEARNING FROM THEM, THAT MAKES TO UNDERSTAND TO A LITTLE EXTENT. WHEN YOU CRITICISE OTHERS, YOU ARE PROVING YOURSELF AS AN INTOLARENT OR JEALOUS.
THEN, HOW CAN ONE NOT HAVING ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THESE FACTS, CRITICISE ANYTHING? IT IS SO IMMETURE AND IGNORANCE LIKE AN INFANT BOY CRITICISING HIGH THEORIES OF SCIENCE. IF ONE REALLY WANTS TO SAY ‘NO GOD OR NO VEDAS’ ONE SHOULD FIRST READ THEM IN TOTAL, UNDERSTAND FULLY, GET THE ACCEPTANCE FROM LEARNED VEDIC SCHOLARS AND THEN ONLY CAN SAY NO TO THOSE VEDIC TRUTHS.
UNFORTUNATELY YOUR FRIEND IS LIKE A LITTLE FROG IN A SMALL POND. HE DOES NOT KNOW THE BIG OCEANS OF KNOWLEDGE. ALL THAT WE CAN SHOW SYMPATHY TO YOUR FRIEND, TALKING BIG THINGS WITH SMALL MOUTH. YOU NEED NOT WORRY WHETHER YOU ARE GOING TO HELL OR PURGATORY (
temporary naraka ), BUT LET HIM FIRST SAVE HIMSELF FROM THEM. JESUS NEVER SAID THAT HE IS GOD. HE WAS VERY HUMBLE IN SAYING THAT HE IS THE MESSENGER OF GOD, OR, SON OF GOD. BUT HE HIMSELF DOES NOT KNOW WHO THAT GOD IS. LORD IN VEDAS AND MANY PLACES DECLARED THAT NARAYANA IS ‘GOD-SUPREME’.