889 – Why is three a sacred number in Hinduism?

In Hinduism we follow the path of Dharma. Dharma consists of three principles, Artha (material wealth), Kama (fulfilling of desires) and attaining Moksha (righteousness and liberation). Fulfilling our responsibilities and commitments will lead to a life of harmony and detachment.

There are three key Hindu beliefs. Belief in the doctrine of samsara (the continuous cycle of life, birth, death and reincarnation), karma (the universal law of cause and effect), and belief in the soul (atman). It is believed all creatures have a soul and they are all part of the Supreme soul.

There is a male Triumvirate of Gods and a female Triumvirate of Goddesses. The male Trinity refers to the three Gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The Trimurti concept of divine forces involves a trinity of Gods—Brahma (creator), Vishnu (preserver), and Shiva (destroyer). The Trimurti represents the interconnection between creation, preservation and destruction (transformation). There is a Feminine Trimurti and the Tridevi. Goddesses are Maha Saraswati (creator), Maha Lakshmi (preserver) and Maha Kali (destroyer).

The three Gunas are recognized by the Veda and these three qualities govern our existence. Sattva (goodness), Rajas (passion), and Tamas (ignorance).

Mantras are chanted three times. The sound vibrations contain energy and are said to be the essence of the Divine.

Therefore, three is considered a sacred number.

Aim Hrim Klim

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