Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hindus have 1 god, too

Regarding Kathleen Parker's "Mapquesting God" opinion piece in the May 12 edition, she did not correct the Rev. Franklin Graham's mistaken belief that the Hindus have 9,000 gods. The Hindus have one god, just like the Christians do.

What the Hindus have done is to figure out a way to address his many aspects. So they gave each particular aspect a name. For instance, they call the creative aspect of God Brahma, and they call the overall-ruler-of-the-cosmos aspect of God Ishwara. They also get down to the very personal, helping aspects of God in that they have a name for God of Ganesh. He is the one with the elephant's head. That aspect of God can clear up an obstacle in your life if you have done all that you can do and really need an assist. And if you have a material need, you might try appealing to Lakshmi, the goddess of good fortune, another aspect of God.

The list goes on and on—they have apparently counted 9,000 of them, but, again, they are all just aspects of God—one God.

David Groverman


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