Hinduism: Why So Many Gods? The Deva & Devis of Hindu Culture (What is Hinduism?)

Posted By on September 16, 2019


Acharya Shree, why are there so many gods in Hinduism? Absolutely. There are many gods in Hindu culture. That’s why this is considered the richest culture in the world. Because when there is one god, it is very dangerous and the message from that god,
if it is written even in one book, it is more even, even more dangerous. Because it becomes like a constitution. But if it
is many gods, there are many messages. But also it is mistaken that there are many gods in hindu culture.
No. I will say no. God is only one. And that god in Hindu god, that god is most of people they consider it
is a creator or it is a protector or it is a destroyer. It has all the qualities. That’s why by mistake people begin to think
Brahma is a creator, Vishnu is a protector, and Shiva is a destroyer. Maybe these 3 power makes God. Now I want to
clarify today to everyone that God is beyond that. God is the highest, highest and purest form of the soul. And God is viraat. Viraat means expanded one. God is everywhere. That’s what we call Bhagawan
Sarva Vyapak Hai. God is omnipresent. Why? Because God is in the bliss. God has
eternal bliss. God has eternal ecstasy. Ananda we call it. There is sukha, dukha. There is
punya and paapa. But there is ‘ananta’ is absolute ananda. And ananta you cannot define it. You cannot tell in
the words. You cannot write in the words. You cannot explain it. It is very difficult. Ananta is just
you can realize it. You can taste by yourself. Because our soul is, our soul is full of that bliss
too. Because we are part of that God. We are not separate. We are part of in a way
because which way? That we have the same bliss. But our bliss is still asleep. So
in Hindu culture God is Ananda Mayi. It is full of bliss. It is only one. No matter it is Jain religion, or no matter
it is Sankhya religion, no matter it is Nyayaic or Vaisheshika. They all believe in that God. That God is one. According to Jain religion, also same
thing. That the Siddha is…one Siddha is many. It depends which way you want to see it.
But yes, God is basically one. But there are…what is the concept going on that there are
many gods in Hindu culture? That is called demigods. Or I will call them devi, devatta. Because Shiva…Shiva
is very big devatta. He is Mahadeva. We still when we worship Shiva these days, we still call Hara Hara Mahadeva!
Mahadeva means he is the biggest deva in the Indian culture. Same thing goes to the Vishnu. Same thing goes to the Brahma. They are Mahadevas. And there are other devi, devattas like Lakshmi, Saraswati,
there are many other like the other categories they are like angels. They are saints like in Catholicism, saints. Same thing in
Hindu culture. Those devi, devatta. Demigods. So, but the real God is beyond. Real God doesn’t have that
quality to be happy on someone or to become unhappy on someone. But these devi, devatta, what people begin to consider
they are many gods, they have that quality. They can be happy on someone, they can be unhappy on
someone. That’s why people begin to worship them. Why they worship them? They will fulfill their wishes. So Bhagawan is not worshipped. The God is not worshipped. But those
devi, devattas, are widely worshipped in Hindu culture because they’re mostly selfish. And they want to fulfill their wishes. I’m not saying that don’t fulfill your
wishes, but don’t mix up with the real God with those devi, devattas. Devi, devattas, are different. Like Mahadeva.
‘Hara Hara Mahadeva’. Brahma. Vishnu. These are mahadevas. All the other devi, devattas…there are many
devis, many devattas, like Padmaavati Maa, or Vaishnodevi Maa. Or there is a Hindu…in Sanskrit…in Hindu culture, there is one devatta called Ganesha. Ganesha is the Indian cultural devatta.
And everybody worship the Ganesha. Why? That may our work will be finished without any disturbance,
without any hindrance, without any problem. So they worship it. They know that it can
help them. That’s why they worship it. But real Bhagawan, real God is not worshipped.
Nowhere. Only devi, devattas are worshipped. Because they know they can be happy on them.
And people are mostly selfish. That’s why if it is a Shiva’s temple, it will be crowded.
Because Shiva is called ashu dosha. It becomes happy quickly. That’s why Shiva is worshipped widely in India because it fulfill your wishes. Or if somebody protects you like Hanuman, is called monkey god
in english. Is worshipped widely because it protects you. Ganesha is worshipped widely that you don’t want any problem in your life. Vaishnodevi or other devis they are
worshipped because they give you wealth – Lakshmi – or they give you lot of knowledge – Saraswati. Or they make you better person. So those devi,
devatta are worshipped. I don’t call them God. They are devi, devatta. If you want to be on the right path, consider them devi
and devatta. That was, since ancient time, since centuries, it is in Indian culture. Rama is not considered devatta. Rama is considered Bhagawan. Why?
Because he achieved that highest state. He merged with the God. That’s why Rama is considered God, because when you
merge with the God, so you become God. So, devi, devatta, they didn’t merge yet with the God. They are separate.
Keep them separate and teach your children mostly they are all devi, devatta. We are blessed that we have a different like in Catholicism
there are saints, they worship saints that fulfill our wishes. Same thing in Hindu culture there are many devi,
devatta who are worshipped to fulfill their wishes. And that’s why you see that there are many gods, but
there are not many gods. God is one. And God is beyond that. Is always Ananda
Mayi. Is full of bliss, ecstasy. Niraa baad sukha, niraa baad ananta. That is
God in Hindu culture and it is one.

Posted by Lewis Heart

This article has 48 comments

  1. So anand doesn't have an opposite and God is everywhere, there's nothing in which God is not present? What is definition of "sleep" then?

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  2. Thoroughly enjoyed, I believe the Upanishads they tell we are all Gods too.

    Peace and Happiness to you. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. when was the last time you saw your
    allah……all this is merely imagination…..
    pls bring your allah in front of me so that
    i can see him………religion is simply
    bedtime stories….dont hide behind Koran
    or anyother religious book….you men..
    wrote them ……not a god….grow up
    there are no 70 virgins in paradise..all
    nonsense

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  4. God is all that ever was, is, or ever will be, man is within it.
    Thank you Acharya Shree, I love youthank you for speaking the truth, Namaste : )

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  5. If you dont believe, keep it to yourself. Do you really think you are the first person to claim that God doesnt exist? Why cant you grow up and realize that your existence is meaningless?

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  6. What you all must understand is that you are all infinitesimals and trying to find out about the infinite. God is out of your reach. And if you think that he is non existent than you are truly ignorant. God is the reason and God is the cause of the creation. Ignoring the presence of the supreme being, mentally dwelling on the senses he with such a deluded intellect is called a hypocrite. Even if you learn science you must learn to acknowledge God with Love.

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  7. Yes exactly! but there is only one supreme god in the end. Most people still misunderstand Hindu mythology because those 33 million gods are manifestations of the supreme god Narayan. And you must not consider yourself completely disrelated to the supreme personality of godhead. yes but there is a supreme manifestation of only a single god. but those other 33 million gods are counterparts of that god himself. and human beings, and other living things with a soul are infinitesimal parts of God.

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  8. Acharya Shree is saying here at 00:29 : "If there is one God, it is very dangerous."
    Because at 01:06, he states: "GOD IS ONLY ONE."
    To me it is a contradiction, & is very confusing.
    If God is One and has all power to answer the prayers of those who worship Him, and the power to help them and protect them, then what is the need of worshipping what people declare to be demi-gods, goddesses, etc.? I worship the One God, and have found Him to possess all power ascribed to devas, devtas and devis.

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  9. If a person has a mobile/cell phone telling them the time, the date, the temperature, with internet access, a calculator, a camera, a video-recorder of the highest quality, would the person prefer to get one phone with only the time on it, another phone with only the temperature, another with only the internet, another with a camera, and another with a video recorder on it? Is it not more logical to use ONE phone with ALL the features you require? It is the same with the ONE God versus many gods

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  10. Great vid here, helped to learn some more about Hinduism. But, not to offend Mr. Yogeesh or anyone here who does not have faith in Christianity…but Mr. Yogeesh is ignorant in regards to Saints in "All Embracing Christianity" a.k.a Catholicism. At 8:40 he says Catholics worship Saints…FALSE, they are "prayed" to, not equivalent to worshiping the ONE GOD. Pray means "to ask" in jewish/christian biblical context…Again, just wanting to correct the misinformation.

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  11. @shashi2305 , yes ur right, word hindu is no where found in Vedas, the correct adjective for anyone who follows Vedas is Aryas which means the noble ones.

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  12. Acharya Shree,
    Is it necessary to have an object to worship to? Is it a necessary part of religion? I know having an alter is a nice thing to have, but is it necessary to prostrate yourself in front of an image and if so, what does that have to do with spirituality? Noreen Wilkins

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  13. @noreen54 …sister why it is necessary to have an image of GOD wen Yajurveda says "na tasya pratima asti
    "There is no image of Him."
    [Yajurveda 32:3]…. Rest GOD knows the best……May GOD guide us

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  14. so who is the creater of these all Davies and dvitas, ???
    are these Davies and devitas doing some thing with the permition of God or they ve atuority doing them self,… in other words do these davies and divitas get help from the God or no….?

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  15. I have one question. You said Ram is Bhagvan not Dev and Bramha, Vishnu, Shiv are Mahadev. But Ram was a part (swarup) of Vishnu. How you explain this?

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  16. There is only one god, sages call him by many names. Mallacha in sanskrit defines the eternal one. That is God, eternal God is nameless. You can call him by Jesus, Heshem, Allah, Brahman, Zeus, WaheGuru, Kifflom or any other name. God can have many names, but God is not many. WaheGuru, Heshem and Allah are the same god in hinduism they are called Ishwar or Bhagawan. Jesus is known as Vishnu as for Zeus and Kifflom they're regarded as ParaBrahm

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  17. There is only one god, sages call him by many names. Mallacha in sanskrit defines the eternal one. That is God, eternal God is nameless. You can call him by Jesus, Heshem, Allah, Brahman, Zeus, WaheGuru, Kifflom or any other name. God can have many names, but God is not many. WaheGuru, Heshem and Allah are the same god in hinduism they are called Ishwar or Bhagawan. Jesus is known as Vishnu as for Zeus and Kifflom they're regarded as ParaBrahm. Some Call him by RAMA and some by ALLAH.

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  18. Yes Ishvara is a name of Allah, Yahweh and Waheguru. Of that god there is no picture, animal, idol. God has no image so i dont believe in idol worship nor do i give forms to god, god has no forms. AA means vanisher of sins, LL means forgiver of sins and AH means Pardoner, thats ALLAH. RA means Mercy and MA means forgiver thats RAMA.

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  19. For people who want to know Brahman is God ..highest highest and above all eternally present Omniversal ,Omnipotent, Omniscient !

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  20. MATTER =ENERGY =CONCIOUSNESS.=Brahman. Only plant can convert light energy in to life force or consciousness. That mean entire universe is different manifestation of same consciousness (Oneness of creation and creator that is Advaita of HINDU) Hindu devatas are different manifestation of same energy for different function in the nature. Creation Destruction and protection and such and such.  Not any sane man say creating power and destruction power same .But in  consciousness level both are same Energy is  to fundamental  of most beautiful thing and most ugly things. Fundamental to Energy is consciousness.  In matter level only we are separate and different. Entire universe is consciousness and no difference. How energy appear as diverse matter; same way spiritual power is also appears diverse

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  21. For Daily Spiritual Inspiration, Guidance & Truth visit Acharya Shree's FB Page: http://facebook.com/acharyashreeyogeesh.

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  22. Guru Acharya,does really gods exist? If yes what is his/her name? If you know that about gods then whom shall we fellow,but please do not suggest the fault god?

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  23. In the Seven steps of Aaseevaham the sapta kannis( devis) and Ezhlu Munis( deva) are placed in their rightful place . Hindu is a jumbled -up conspired confusion! Yogeesh ji – please do your real work of separating Samana tradition from the twisted Hindooism .

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  24. The answer to your question is given by god long time ago. He stated it clearly in his Holly book. "Say He is Allah( The self sufficient Master, whom all creatures need, He neither eats nor drinks). " He begets not nor was He begotten; " And there is none co-equal or comparable unto him".
    God is just only one and there is no other gods besides him. If there were so many gods then the system of universe and the creation of the creations would be in clear errors. For instance; one god would say "I want to create it in this way" other would say "no I want it in this way". It's a simple logic. Now we see every think is perfect orders, for example, the rotations of the stars and planets etc.
    And God's power is everywhere not him physically, He see us doing every thing good or bad we do and been recorded in register to show us on the day of resurrection that what we have done in this world.

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  25. Namaskar , you have described demi gods and God mostly in philosophical sense and manifestation of one god in different forms as per their nature . Could you pls elaborate and explain the same more scientifically for our better understanding .
    Pranam .

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  26. Do you want me to worship something that my own hands made ? or worship something that does not benefit or harm? or worship something that does not even know my name ? No! I only worship the one who created me and created this whole universe.
    I bear witness that there is no worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is his prophet and messenger.

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  27. I love Hinduism………
    What you will say for ancient civilization (thousend of years older than birth of Islam and Christianity) independentaly giving………broad Vedik mathematics, Grammaticaly most accurate language Sanskrit, advance medicine and surgery Ayurveda, Astronomy science, Yoga and Meditation, Philosophy about soul-life and cosmology etc . These are amazing things given by ancient Hinduism.

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  28. My brother and sister in humanity
    Allah (GOD) says in Quran in chapter 112 about him self ,say He is Allah (GOD)The One ,Allah(GOD)The Eternal He does not beget(no children )and HE is not born (no parents) and there is no one like him.

    This description of GOD is found in the hindu scriptures Ekam Brahm, dvitiya naste neh na naste kinchan"

    "There is only one God, not the second; not at all, not at all, not in the least bit."The Atharvaveda praises God in Book 20, hymn 58 and verse 3:This same as ,say He Allah is the One

    "Dev maha osi"
    "God is verily great"this same as Allah akbar(GOD is the Greatest)
    [Atharvaveda 20:58 The Atharvaveda praises God in Book 20, hymn 58 and verse 3:

    "Dev maha osi"
    "God is verily great""Ekam evadvitiyam"
    "He is One only without a second."
    [Chandogya Upanishad 6:2:1]1

    "Na casya kascij janita na cadhipah."
    "Of Him there are neither parents nor lord."
    [Svetasvatara Upanishad 6:9]2 This same as ,He is not begotten, Quran Soora 112

    "Na tasya pratima asti"
    "There is no likeness of Him."
    [Svetasvatara Upanishad 4:19]3
    [Atharvaveda 20:58"Na tasya pratima asti"
    "There is no likeness of Him" this same as there is no one like him.Quran Soora 112

    The following verse from the Rigveda Book 8, hymn 1, verse 1 refer to the Unity and Glory of the Supreme Being:

    "Ma cid anyad vi sansata sakhayo ma rishanyata"
    "O friends, do not worship anybody but Him, the Divine One. Praise Him alone."
    [Rigveda 8:1:1]10 This command is in the Quran ,your Lord has decreed ,that you worship him alone Soora 17,23

    "Devasya samituk parishtutih"
    "Verily, great is the glory of the Divine Creator."
    [Rigveda 5:1:81]11
    "Andhatama pravishanti ye asambhuti mupaste"
    "They enter darkness, those who worship the natural elements" ( idle worship Air, Water, Fire, etc.). "They sink deeper in darkness, those who worship sambhuti."
    "Devasya samituk parishtutih"
    "Verily, great is the glory of the Divine Creator."
    [Rigveda 5:1:81]11 0
    lastly Allah (GOD)says indeed we send a messenger (telling them to)worship Allah and avoid false gods, so why not worship Allah(GOD) alone so you may attain peace in this world and salvation in this next life ,I pray to Allah he guides you and and amends your affairs take care

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  29. First lets understand who GOD is. Shiva is eternal and supreme personality of Godhead. But people mistake him to be lord Maheshwara. Both are completly seperate. Shiva is GOD. He is called Mahavishnu by vaishnavites and Shiva by shaivites. From Shiva was born Vishnu and from vishnu was born Brahma. From Brahma was born , lord Maheshwara. Shiva is pure energy and worshipped also in a form of a linga. Similarly adishakti is totally different from parvati.
    Both maheshwara and sati/parvati are avatars of Shiva and Shakti. Shiva is God and Shakti is his rays or energy.
    And yes Vishnu worships Lord Shiva and Maheshwara worships Lord Mahavishnu/Shiva.

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