Definition of God in Hindu religion.

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  1. Chitvish

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    Scriptures give three definitions for God, depending upon the maturity and intellectual caliber of the seeker.

    First definition:
    This is for the beginner. God is Jagat-karta or the creator of the universe. He is the intelligent cause behind the purposeful and well-designed creation. Since the only intelligent being known to us is the human being, we find it easy to visualise God as a person. Therefore we imagine a very intelligent personal God who is omniscient and omnipotent.
    This is God as a creator and a personal God with a special form, like Rama, Krishna etc.
    This God is called Eka-Rupa-Iswara, that is, God with a specific form. This is the first stage.

    Second definition:
    The second is, God is the cause of the world. From Jagat-karta, we come to Jagat-karana. Any creation is possible only with raw material. Before the creation of time,
    space and object, when God alone was there, where was the raw material ?
    Well, scriptures point out that God himself happens to be the very material also, out of which the world is shaped. One of the most beautiful examples in Vedanta is a spider.
    Just as a spider finds the material for its web in itself, God creates out of Himself. Thus God becomes the material cause of the universe. So, the universe is nothing, but God alone. Since the whole universe is God, every form is God’s form. He is no more a personal, but a universal God. So he is no more eka-rupa, but anaeka-rupa-iswara or visva-rupa-iswara. To have darshan of God I need not go anywhere. He is available everywhere.
    In Rudram, Lord Shiva is worshipped as the rising sun with different hues. All the different hues of the sun are the complexion of the Lord. This is the second stage.

    Third definition:
    This is the highest, toughest and the culmination. That is, Jagad-adhishanam Isvarah.
    If we say God can be everywhere, we want to know, how God can be in the form of ugly things, diseases, criminals etc in the creation. We cannot accept evil as God. So we accept God does not become the world, but appears as the world with different forms. He is not affected by any form in which he appears. To put it in another way, God is the very substratum of all the forms and the one behind the creation. He transcends the entire creation and not affected by them. Hence no particular form belongs to God and He becomes Arupa-isvara or Formless God.

    We have to understand all the levels gradually. Initially, we go through Eka-rupa-bhakti. The middle stage is anaeka-rupa bhakti. The final stage is Arupa-bhakti. One does not replace the former, but includes the other also. So Arupa-bhakti includes the first two. They happily worship God with any particular form also. They happily appreciate the Lord as beautiful nature also. The example is, Einstenian physics does not displace Newtonian physics. Both are valid in their levels. This is the understanding of God that develops in the mind of a seeker as he studies the scriptures.

    Love & regards,
    Chithra.
     
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    Nice Explanation

    Dear Chitra,

    That is a good learning and nice explanation from you about God !

    Day by day, we keep learning new things about spirituality from you ! Your knowledge on spirituality seems to be endless...This is one more feather to your cap. !

    Keep giving us more such information, so we too learn more about our religion and culture and truly understand its meanings !

    Thanks for the enlightenment !

    Love,
    Preethi
     
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    My dear Preethi !

    I am very happy that youngsters like you in I L , enjoy these posts very much.
    I attempted this topic, since this is an often asked question. Please do you not ever think, my knowledge is endless.
    Katrathu kaimann alavu
    Kallaathathu ulakalvu.
    Thankyou for the very prompt F B , Preethi.
    Love & regards,
    Chithra.
     
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    Dear Chitra Madam

    This week topic had been lighter and was very easy to follow..........reminds me abt Chidambara Ragasiyam, also Lord shiva compared to pancha bhootham (like tiruvannamalai, chidambaram etc...)
     
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    My dear Akhila !

    Thanks for your feed back !
    Heavy topics cannot always be written "lightly" ! You may have to read it minimum 3 times.
    Love & regards,
    Chithra.
     
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    Heavenly!

    Dearest Chitra,

    Another beautiful and clear explanation from you about God.
    I enjoyed reading the article and devoured every line with pleasure. Every line made sense to me and was easy to understand.
    I thank the omniscient God for gifting you to us and I am glad that I am part of IL and am able read such wonderful articles from you.
    I await for more and more eagerly. When will you start on Gita? Can you start another thread only for Gita, that would be great. But all in your own time. I don't want to rush you, you already have a full schedule.

    L, Kamla
     
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    Good summary!

    Dear Chitra,
    You have dealt with an abstract subject really well. I had to read it several times to merely understand what you were saying. I am still in level two" GOD IS THE REASON". Had no idea that there was something beyond it.Thanks Chirta for enlightening me with this weeks post.

    Love,
     
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    dear chithra

    My dear Chithra

    Just now finished reading your wonderful explanation about God. This weeks topic was so very intersting that I read it three times. My sinceire thanks for another enlightening post.

    Love and regards
    priya
     
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    God Is Einteisn and NEwton!

    Dear Ms C,

    How wonderful to read this post. I read it about 3 times before posting this reply. Just wanted to drink in the beautiful words and digest them before giving you a feedback. Oh I am transcending to new highs with all your posts in this thread.

    Vandhana
     
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    Dear Ms CV

    Just could not think of an apt reply...want you to know that we are all with you ( or should I say follow you).

    Many Thanks

    Hopefloats
     

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