631 – What faith one belongs to

Why does one have to explain?

The Same God

Now there are varieties of gifts, the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord: and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common God.
1 Corinthians 12. 4-7

Hindu definition of God

According to the Rig Veda, the universe has 33 Koti Gods. There are two meanings of the word “Koti”: crores and types. If one consults the Vedas, then the meaning of Kotis is types. Which God has the most importance in Hinduism and Scriptures? The Rig Veda says that there is only Supreme God who has many forms. He is present in the Universe in two ways – Saakar (with different forms) and Nirakaar (formless). Therefore, one can worship Devi in her different forms, Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi, Maha Saraswati, Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma, Ganesha and Hanuman. All Gods are considered the same. God is one but present in different Avatars on the basis of their qualities and deeds.
Hinduism: One God.

Those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship accordingly to their own natures. – Bhagwad Gita 7:20

He is one only without a second. – Chandogya Upanishad (6:2:1) 1

Of Him there are neither parents nor lord. – Svetasvatara Upanishad (4:19) 3

His form is not to be seen; no one sees Him with the eye. – Svetasvatara Upanishad (4:20) 4

Hindu form of worship

Many Hindus perform a small puja at the altar. On the altar are placed paintings or deities. Deities are never placed on the ground. The puja consists of a short prayer, lighting an oil lamp, burning incense, making offerings of fruits and flowers and ringing a bell. The purpose is to please the Gods through the five senses. A home altar is an essential part of Hinduism.

Hindus are expected to respect and follow the five pillars of Dharma. They are knowledge, patience, justice, love and dedication. Therefore, the practice of Yoga which is a crucial aspect of Hinduism enables one to seek and realize the divinity within one.

As a practitioner and teacher of Yoga, I have come closer to my faith and have developed a deep understanding of Hinduism. My visits to Yoga Vidya (three main ashrams), jewels of Hindu Ashrams in Germany have enabled me to study more about the Hindu way of life and philosophy and to share with my students what I have learnt.

Aim Hrim Klim


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