IN GENERAL HINDUISM CONSIDERS GOD NOT JUST AS THE SUPREME ALL-POWERFUL GIGANTIC ONE

IN GENERAL HINDUISM CONSIDERS GOD NOT JUST AS THE SUPREME ALL-POWERFUL GIGANTIC ONE, WHO COMMANDS THE HUMANITY TO TREAD THE WAY HE/SHE/IT SAYS, BUT ALSO A PERSONAL GOD WHOM THE INDIVIDUAL CAN WORSHIP OUT OF LOVE AND NOT NECESSARILY OUT OF FEAR ! THE FEAR BRINGS ONE ONLY UPTO CERTAIN POINT AND BEYOND THAT IT REPELS, BUT LOVE TAKES THROUGH TO THE POINT. DEVOTION OR BHAKTI AS OFTEN REFERRED TO IS A VERY KEY CONCEPT IN HINDUISM, EVEN FOR THE PHILOSOPHICALLY INCLINED ONES. WHILE THE SHASHTRAS – BE IT VEDAS, AGAMAS, PURANAS – DESCRIBE THE GLORY OF GOD, ONE FINDS ABUNDANCE OF STOTRAS THAT PRAISE THE GOD IN LOVE.

FOR HINDUS GOD, AS IS, IS BEYOND ANY ATTRIBUTES OF FORM, COLOR, SHAPES … THAT IS, GOD DOES NOT HAVE ANY SPECIFIC FORM OR NAME. IN THIS STATE GOD IS REFERRED TO AS NIRGUNA BRAHMAN (ATTRIBUTELESS GOD). HOWEVER GOD TAKES FORMS AS PERCEIVED BY HUMANS AND THIS PERCEIVED FORM IS CALLED SAGUNA BRAHMAN (GOD WITH (GOOD) ATTRIBUTES). THESE FORMS COULD RANGE FROM CALM TO FIERCE TO YOGIC (1). EACH FORM HAS ITS SIGNIFICANCE.

FOR EXAMPLE WHEN ONE IS DEPRESSED AND SEES THE FORM OF GOD STRONG AND POWERFUL, THE SEEKER FEELS THE MORAL BOOST THAT GOD WOULD DEFINITELY BE THE SUPPORT FOR THE RIGHT THING. SIMILARLY WHEN IN AN AUSPICIOUS CEREMONY WOULD LIKE THE GOD TO BE THE CALM PROVIDER OF BOONS. IN A SPIRITUALLY ELEVATED STATE, THE CHOICE WOULD BE THE YOGIC FORM OF GOD. THE FORMS PROVIDE A BASIS FOR THE HINDU WORSHIPPER TO EASILY PURSUE THE OTHERWISE INCOMPREHENSIBLE SUPREME. SO HINDUISM SUPPORTS BOTH FORM AS WELL AS FORMLESS WORSHIP OF THE GOD. WHETHER ONE WORSHIPS IN SAGUNA OR NIRGUNA WAY, IT IS ULTIMATELY THE SAME GOD.