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Form of God or Goddess
"The Divine Feminine Power."
Form of Vishnu
Vishnu - Protection
Ideal King / Man
Destruction of Evil
Devotional Service to God
in All It's Forms
Devotion and Loyalty
The Body of Knowledge
that can destroy all darkness
egoism, and ignorance.
The Hindu trinity is of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. They are respectively the creator, preserver and destroyer of the universe. They are also aligned as the transcendent Godhead, Shiva, the cosmic lord, Vishnu and the cosmic mind, Brahma. In this regard they are called Sat-Tat-Aum, the Being, the Thatness or immanence and the Word or holy spirit. This is much like the Christian trinity of God as the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The trinity represents the Divine in its threefold nature and function. Each aspect of the trinity contains and includes the others.
Each God in the trinity has his consort. To Brahma is Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge. For Vishnu is Lakshmi, the Goddess of love, beauty and delight. For Shiva is Kali (Parvati) , the Goddess of power, destruction and transformation.
These are the three main forms of the Goddess, as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are the three main forms of the God. The three Goddesses are often worshipped in their own right as well as along with their spouses.
For they are all so complimentary.
WHAT IS MAN WITHOUT WOMAN?
WHAT IS WOMAN WITHOUT MAN?
WE CANNOT FRAGMENT LIFE
GOD IS THE TOTALITY OF LIFE
THE EVERYTHING OF ALL EXISTENCE
A Little More Concerning Hindu Deities.
"If God is our
father, why cannot God be our Mother! If we are the children of our
heavenly Father, why cannot we be the children of our heavenly Mother!"
This rhetorical question is the basis of why Hindus recognize and accept
both male and female aspects of Nature and worship the Supreme Reality
in the form of Mother, Father, Friend, Master, Guru, and Savior. Thus
Lord Krishna declares in the Bhagawad
"I am the Father of this Universe. I am the Mother of this universe, and the Creator- of all. I am the Highest to be known, the Purifier, the holy OM, and the three Vedas." (BG 9.17)
The worship of God in the form of Mother- is a unique Feature of Hinduism. Through the ages, the doctrine of the Motherhood of God has established a firm root in Hinduism. Today Hindus worship the Divine Mother in many popular forms such as Durga, Kali, Lakshrni, Saraswati, Ambika, and Uma.
By worshipping God as the Divine Mother, a Hindu can more easily attribute Motherly traits to the Lord, such as tenderness and forgivingness. The natural love between a Mother and her child is the best expression of the Lord's unconditional love for us as children of God.
most representative Hindu view, the universe is the manifestation of
the creative power (shakti) of Brahman, whose essence is absolute existence,
consciousness, and bliss (or in Sanskrit, sat-chit-ananda).
Since all created forms proceed from the womb of the mother, the cr
eative power shakti) of God is recognized by Hindus as the female principle
or t he motherly aspect of nature. In this sense we are all children
of the Divine Mother. We are contained by Her before our - manifestation
and nourished by Her throughout our existence.
To a Hindu, the motherly aspect of God in nature is full of beauty, gentleness, kindness, and tenderness. When we look upon all the glorious and beautiful things ill nature and experience a feeling of tenderness within us, we feel the motherly instinct of God. The worship of God in the form of Mother is a unique contribution of the Hindu child. When a devotee worships God as Divine Mother, he or she appeals to Her tenderness and unconditional love. Such love unites the devotee with God, like a child with its mother.
Just as a child feels safe and secure in the
lap of its mother, a devotee feels safe and secure in the presence of
the Divine Mother. Paramahansa Sri Ramakrishna, one of the greatest
Indian s ages of modern times, worshipped the Divine Mother Kali during
his entire life. He established a personal relationship with Her and
was always conscious of Her presence by his side.
In Hinduism, Divine Mother is the first manifestation of Divine Energy. Thus with the name of Divine Mother comes the idea of energy, omnipotence, omnipresence, love, intelligence, and wisdom. Just as a child believes its mother to be all-powerful, and capable of doing anything for the child, a devotee believes the Divine Mother to be all merciful, all-powerful and eternally guiding and protecting him with her invisible arms.
The worship of God as Mother- has had a significant impact on Hinduism. The position of women in the Hindu religion is dignified because each woman is considered a manifestation of the Divine Mother. Hindus view man and woman as the two wings of the same bird.
Thus, a man is considered incomplete without a woman, since "it is not possible for a bird to fly on only one wing" - Swami Vivekananda. Through the worship of God in the form of Mother, Hinduism offers a unique reverence to womanhood.
The personal aspect of the Ultimate Reality is known as Saguna Brahman, that is Brahman with attributes. Saguna Brahman is the creator, sustainer and controller of the universe. Saguna Brahman cannot be limited by one form and is therefore worshipped by Hindus in both male and female forms. As the male aspect, Saguna Brahman is called by various Sanskrit names, such as Ishvara, Parameshvara, Paramãtma, Maheshvara, and Purusha. These Sanskrit names represent more or less the same concept as the word God in other religions.
As the female aspect, Hindus refer to Saguna Brahman by various names, such as Divine Mother, Durgã and Kãlî. Hindus further worship the male and female aspects of Saguna Brahman in many forms, called deities.
Hindu view of the Ultimate Reality is expressed in the following revelation of the Rig Veda, the oldest Hindu scripture:
"Ekam sat vipraha, bahudha vadanti."
the wise call It by various names.
This doctrine recognizes that the Ultimate Reality possesses infinite potential, power and intelligence, and therefore cannot be limited by a single name or form. Thus, Hindus view the Ultimate Reality as having two aspects: impersonal and personal (see Figure 1). The impersonal aspect of the Ultimate Reality is called Nirguna Brahman in Hindu scriptures. Nirguna Brahman has no attributes and, as such, is not an object of prayer, but of meditation and knowledge. This aspect of the Ultimate Reality is beyond conception, beyond reasoning and beyond thought.
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