The God Fanatic! Who is the Most Powerful God?
“Hi Uday, I have been reading your articles on God and Mind. Recently I have read that few Hollywood Stars performed the last rites of their close relatives in India to reach heaven. When I searched about Hinduism and other religions, I found it is most confusing and complex and do not understand which is the most powerful God. I have a situation now. I need blessings from the most powerful God in the universe. Whom should I pray?” a message from a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant who does not want to reveal his name.
“I do not know which God is most powerful. People have different concept of Gods in different parts of the world. ISKON followers believe that Krishna is the God-head and he is the supreme God. For Muslims, Allah is the only God. For shaivaites, Shiva is the supreme God and the entire universe is his. Yahweh is the single God for Jews. A slightly different version of Jews’ God, Jehovah, is the God for Christians. Sikhs believe in Nirankar or Akal Purakh. Most African societies believe in a single Supreme Creator God Chukwu. Embu religion revered a god named Ngai who lived atop Mount Kenya.”
“Yes, I know, that’s confusing me. Who is the most powerful among them?”
“Technically, there is no difference between worshiping Krishna, Allah, Jehovah and a Chukwu. People worshiping them believe that their scriptures are the absolute, incorruptible and inerrant word of God and should be followed as such…”
“What’s your belief, Uday?”
“Traditionally, we are Vaishnavites so we worship Vishnu and his avatars (incarnations). But we visit all temples of all Gods. We do not discriminate. As a follower of Sanatan Dharma, belief is a personal thing for me. I do not take it to the road. We do not die or kill for beliefs. Belief is just a part of human psyche. We keep our belief private but we focus on good Karma based on our Dharma…”
“That’s again confusing for me. Who is the most important God in your religion? I mean the creator God…”
“God as a creator is not embedded with Hindu Dharma. We have a concept of creation represented by our ancestor Lord Brahma (who is not a creator as propagated by apologetic Hindus, he is our ancestor) who is escorted by wisdom (Goddess of wisdom) which is needed for designing DNAs”
“Oh, so you don’t worship God as a creator?”
“No – we don’t,”
“Oh, I thought I can depend on you to find the creator God and worship him…”
“So, you already assumed that there is a creator and its gender…”
“That’s what’s being taught by all religions, right?”
“Not necessarily. ‘Eingana’ is a creator goddess in Australian Aboriginal religion (Northern Territory). Since she was “just there” like other Gods”.
“Just there means?”
“Just like that – all creator Gods around the world. All of a sudden, probably around 4000 years ago, they found a creator was there – sprung from nowhere. If you ask who created the creator, there won’t be any answer. He was just there…So there is nothing wrong in saying Eingana was just there…”
“Eingana had no vagina. So, a God Barraiya opened a hole with a spear near her anus so that could give birth and labour could commence.”
He laughed out loud.
“Please don’t laugh. You don’t have any right to ridicule at this story. Don’t laugh at other’s beliefs. For Australian Indigenous aborigines, it is their sacred belief – just like you have one. This story is by far better and convincing than any of Creator God myth in many religions. At least it says man is created via a woman. This story is no way inferior to the story of your creator God.”
“Come on Uday, these aborigines are tribal and their myths are foolish …”
“If Eingana story is myth, tell me any other Creator story that is NOT myth. Please do not discriminate tribal. All religions are founded for tribes or tribals by the tribal chiefs.”
“But you cannot compare very big religions with a local tribal myth…”
“Everything started as a local myth only. Imagine, somebody discovers a mountain of platinum in that locality owned by those Australian Indigenous aborigines and they become the richest tribe in the world. They can buy media and use money power to spread their religion and it will be followed all around the world. Or they can aggressively attack other tribes around them and forcefully convert them into their fold. If you laugh at the story of Eingana today, tomorrow, your grandchildren may even get converted to that religion!”
“Hmmm. You have a point here. But can you at least tell me which God can help me…”
“Jesus Christ? Why?”
“As a protestant, you are conditioned from your childhood about stories of Jesus Christ. So your sub-conscious level will be comfortable with him only. After all God is a Sankalp Sakthi (a power of imagination). Jesus will sync well with your imagination. You can pray to any God you are comfortable and compatible with.”
“It’s amazing Uday. Usually everyone would say believe in their God (aka religion) only…”
“That’s fanaticism. Our Gods are not insecure to threaten human saying that if you don’t believe in me, I will roast you in the hell…Our Gods are for real and broad-minded…So, we don’t mind people worshipping any Gods. My only problem is that in the name of worshipping Gods, they organize and destroy the oldest, all inclusive, non-discriminatory humanitarian culture and replace it with exploitative violent culture.”
“What makes you say open heartedly that I can worship any Gods?”
“My ancestors have made a beautiful statement in Sanskrit: “Aakashath Pathitham Thoyam Yatha Gachathi Sagaram Sarvadeva Namaskaram Keshavam Prathi Gachathi”
“What does that mean?”
“As the water that falls down in rain from anywhere in the sky finally reaches the Ocean, the worship of any divine aspect ultimately reaches Keshava.”
“The meaning of Keshava in Sanskrit is “One who has long, matted locks!” The natural human being who didn’t cut his/her hair.”
It is clearly said that the ultimate is the ‘God’ in us. Not anywhere outside. In fact there is no inside-outside. Everything is just part of the cosmos. Sanskrit scholars called the divine existence in all of us as “Brahmam”. For ordinary people like us, Brahmam manifested and personified as God in various names. For a Hindu, Brahmam is energy transformation – the process has three stages – start, sustain, end which are represented by three supreme Gods.
For us, Brahmam manifests in everything – animate and inanimate. So we can worship anything of our choice – stone, birds, animals, reptiles, fish, human or whatever – in any fancy form of your imagination. The divine energy will manifest as per wish of the devotee. It’s guaranteed by nearly 2000 scriptures written by Sages.
So, let’s worship and pray to all Gods. Let’s accommodate and co-exist.
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