One = Many
Hindus believe there is only one Supreme Being called Brahman, but worship a variety of gods and goddesses who personify aspects of Brahman. Myriad gods and goddesses who personify aspects of the one true God, allowing individuals an infinite number of ways to worship based on family tradition, community and regional practices, and other considerations.
- Electricity is same, but many types of appliances or electric lamps
- Same person, but different titles, like son, husband, father, priest and so on
- God has 3 Aspects or functions: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are the three aspects of God. Brahma is the creative aspect; Vishnu is the preservative aspect; and Shiva is the destructive aspect.
- God has 5 Activities: 'Srishti' (creation), 'Sthiti' (preservation), 'Samhara' (destruction), 'Tirodhana' or 'Tirobhava' (veiling), and 'Anugraha' (grace) are the five kinds of activities of God. 5 can always be expanded to 10 or 100 or 1000 depending on how detailed one wants to go.
Customised God for each region: Tamils
- The people of the Kurinji or the mountainous regions worshipped Muruga, called Velan or lancer.
- god of mullai or forests is Mayon which is actually perumal
- The Marutham or agricultural plains people(Mallar/pallar) worshipped Indra or Ventan
- Neithal or sea coast people considered Varunan or Katalon to be their patron deity
- Palai or desert people worshipped Korravai or Kali.
- Yogis in caves or remote region - Siva, as a satguru.
Gods exist in another realm, where science is powerless.
Gods exist, as concepts. Many thousands of them. That realm is the realm of literature. Illuminating stories, instructive, historical and warning stories.