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In Hinduism God Is All Pervasive – Then Why Is God Worshipped In Numerous Forms – Murtis or Idols

The concept of God in Hinduism is different from other religions as God is all pervasive and only that exists. Then a question arises why God is worshipped in numerous forms especially in Murti or idol forms. The answer to this question is found in the Vaikhanasa Agama an important Hindu holy scripture. Vaikhanasa Agama states that God is beyond measure and cannot be worshipped in God's infinity even by the celestial beings or devas. Even the most powerful sages find it difficult to fathom the infinite form of Supreme Truth. Hence the need for forms – murtis or idols. The infinite takes a finite form as per the desire of devotee.  Bhagavan does not need any form or name but devotees need form. Forms are mere symbols. Form is only a step towards self realization.  God in Hinduism referred as Brahman or Parabrahman or Supreme Truth cannot be defined. It is beyond imagination. God and devotee all are part of that Supreme Truth. But this concept is not digestible for

Someshwar Jyotirlinga In Somnath And Four Vedas

Someshwar Jyotirlinga is said to have existed from time immemorial. It is very holy as Shiva is believed to have appeared in the form of a blazing column of fire (Jyotirlinga). It is believed that the Jyotirlinga establishes itself in each of the four Vedas at different times of the day. Shiva stated in the Puranas that the Shivling at Someshwar establishes itself in the Rig Veda in the morning, Yajur Veda at noon, Sama Veda in the afternoon and Atharva Veda in the evening. It is believed that during ancient times, Somnath existed at the mouth of Sarasvati River – the spot where Saraswati River entered the sea. Another holiness of Somnath is that the sacred place is divided into three parts – each part is dedicated to one of the Trimurti – Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Thus those who live in Somnath achieve liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

If You Really Wish To Help A Person, Then First Consider The Person

The problem with all advisors – including elders, parents, friends, relatives, teachers, neighbors, acquaintances – is that they never consider the situation in which you are. They just give advice for the sake of giving advice and majority of the time they do not have the grasp of the problem and neither do they have a solution. They find a person in a problem and immediately they start giving advice. This same problem we see with many saints learned people and enlightened persons. They talk wise things but from their point of view. They are not aware that the person to whom they are talking to has not reached their level of understanding. They have to come down from the summit they have reached and they need to lead the people to the summit. Majority of them do not have the patience to do it. Therefore, they talk sitting on the summit about the advantage of the position they are in. They are actually teasing the poor souls who are down the hill and do not know the way to reac