#Thread on GOD, according to Hinduism

The word ‘God’ has been always an arguable topic in hinduism. Some say that there are 33 crores of god and goddesses. Some say that god is of 33 classes. Some say that god is one & that is brahman then,
other say that par brahman is superior than brahman. Lets resolve the whole confusion.

In hinduism, brahman (not the caste) is the supreme authority. Brahman possesses infinite potential, power and intelligence, and therefore cannot be limited by a single name or form.
Thus, Hindus view the Brahman as having two aspects: impersonal and personal.

Brhadaranyaka Upanishad 2.3.1

द्वे वाव ब्रह्मणो रूपे मूर्तं चैवामूर्तं च मर्त्यं चामृतं च स्थितं च यच्च सच्च त्यच्च ।

“There are indeed two forms of Brahman, physical & metaphysical,
mortal & immortal, static & dynamic, manifest & unmanifest”.

The impersonal aspect is called Nirguna Brahman. Nirguna Brahman has no attributes and, as such, is not an object of prayer, but of meditation and knowledge.

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This Nirguna Brahman is known as par brahman, Ishwar, bhagwan, god etc in hinduism.

But, the human mind can never think other than in human terms. Hence, Nirguna Brahman cannot be worshiped as It is beyond and cannot be perceived which leads Nirguna Brahman to acquires
a personality, very much resembling a human personality. Impersonal Nirguna Brahman appears to become Personal Brahman, also called Saguna Brahman.

Chandogya Upanishad 3.14.2-4:

“सत्यसङ्कल्प सर्वकर्मा सर्वकामः सर्वगन्धः सर्वरसः सर्वमिदमभ्यात्तः”
“That Brahman is one whose every imagination becomes reality, who performs all actions, who smells everything, tastes everything, and envelops everything.”

In simple terms, Saguna Brahman is a manifestation of human brains. These manifestations are known as devi- devta.
Which is these days also named as GOD and GODDESSES.

These devi & devatas of higher planes of existences being manifested beings just like us, are innumerable in number.
However, just like we have a countable number of authorities (presidents or prime ministers) for every country, there is a specific number of gods who have authority over many aspects of our world.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad gives the number as 33
and states that the other form of gods are just their powers:

कतमेतेत्रयश्च त्रीच शतात्रयश्च त्रीच सहस्रेति
Which are the 303 or 3003 gods?

सहोवाच महिमान एवइषामेते,त्रयस्त्रिंशत्त्वेवदेवाइति
He (Yajnavalkya) said, "Those are their powers, but gods are only thirty three."
Which are the thirty three?

अष्टउवसव ,एकादश रुद्रा ,द्वादशादित्यास् , तएकत्रिंशद् , इन्द्रश्चैवप्रजापतिश्च त्रयस्त्रिंशाविति
Eight Vasus, eleven Rudras, twelve Adityas. These are thirty one, Indra and Prajapati make it thirty three.
The veda also mentioned the same thing.

Rig Veda 8.28.1
ये तरिंशति तरयस परो देवासो बर्हिरासदन | विदन्नहद्वितासनन ||

“THE Thirty Gods and Three besides, whose seat hath been the sacred grass, From time of old have found and gained.”

Shrimad Bhagwad Gita 7.25-
नाहं प्रकाश: सर्वस्य योगमायासमावृत: |
मूढोऽयं नाभिजानाति लोको मामजमव्ययम् ||

I do not manifest Myself to everyone. I am hidden by My yogamaya potency and thus the foolish cannot recognize Me as eternal and unborn.

You have also heard that god lies within ourselves,
Which is actually right.

1. Rig Veda - prajñānam brahma-Wisdom/consciousness is the brahman
2. Atharva Veda - ayam ātmā brahma I am this Self is Brahman
3. Sama Veda - tat tvam asi -You are that(Brahma)
4. Yajur Veda - aham brahmāsmi - I am that (Brahman)
Mundaka Upanishad 3.2.9 tell us about how one can become brahman:

स यो ह वै तत् परमं ब्रह्म वेद ब्रह्मैव भवति नास्याब्रह्मवित्कुले भवति ।
तरति शोकं तरति पाप्मानं गुहाग्रन्थिभ्यो विमुक्तोऽमृतो भवति ॥
He who knows that highest Brahman becomes even Brahman; and in his line, none who knows not the Brahman will be born. He crosses grief and virtue and vice and being freed from the knot of the heart, becomes immortal.

Bhagavad gita 14.26 also tell the same thing-
मां च योऽव्यभिचारेण भक्ति-योगेन सेवते।
स गुणान्समतीत्यैतान् ब्रह्मभूयाय कल्पते।।

One who engages in full devotional service, unfailing in all circumstances, at once transcends the modes of material nature and thus comes to the level of Brahman.
Hence, Hinduism mentions that God is one, only the ways to reach God are many. One can find god within themselves and can level up the god too.
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