God and Goddess

The Hindu idea of God is rather complex. It cannot be explained without referring to Goddess. Most people, using the notion of God in the Bible as template, do not appreciate this and hence get confused. Goddess is nature and God is how nature is perceived by the human imagination. When the perception is incomplete and inaccurate, God is not worshipped, as in the case of Brahma. When the perception is complete and accurate, God is worshipped, as in the case of Shiva and Vishnu. In fact, when perception is complete and accurate, the divide between God and Goddess collapses. There is only one. That one is brahman. Brahma is God yearning for perfection that is the brahman. Hence the Vedic maxim, ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ which means both ‘I am Brahma’ —meaning ‘I am finite’, as well as ‘I am brahman’ — meaning ‘I am infinite’. Every human being is the process of moving from the finite to the infinite, from Brahma to brahman, on the path forged by the imagination.

Devdutt Pattanaik in Seven Secrets of Shiva


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