Saturday, June 7, 2008

Hinduism- What is God?

Author: Andy Smith

About twelve hundred years ago Hinduism was confused between two theories about God. Is God different than all of us? Or are all of us God. These two theories were called Dwaita and adwaita.

According to Dwaita philosophy God is something different and he creates the world separate from him. He is the master and controls all destinies. He is the CEO of the organization that we may call as cosmos.

According to adwaita philosophy this whole cosmos is nothing but God. We are all created by God inside him/her and die within him to get born again. It is all God’s play, this whole cosmos. God is no different than any of us. We are all Gods. But as our pure self or soul is covered by the maya of God, we acquire emotions and desires. That makes us forget our true nature.

There was a famous discussion that took place in the holy city of Varanasi between Adi Shankara and Mandan Mishra. Shankara won with his theory of adwaita and since then Hinduism has no place for the theory of dwaita. This can also be explained as duality and non-duality.

According to Hinduism God creates the whole cosmos inside him and destroys it when he wills. He does everything by his own set rules. These rules are never changed.

What does Guru do?

The place of Guru becomes very essential here. Guru shows us our true nature, our Godhood. Guru is no human being in ordinary sense. According to Swami Muktananda, Guru is God who comes to give us his grace. We accumulate lot many thought patterns and other impurities in our different births. Guru removes all that and shows as that God resides within us as our own soul. If someone can do that he/she is a true Guru. Swami Muktananda is one such true Guru and God.

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