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Thinking of God

 

Thinking of God like a person

Hindus say that we can think of God like a person. We cannot think of a person who does not have a shape, so Hindus give shape to God. But what shape do they give to God? Lots of different shapes! Hindus are allowed to choose the way they like to think about God.

 

It is easier to think of God with shape than without shape. A lot of Hindus like to think of God as a father in heaven. But why only as a father? Many Hindus prefer to think of God as a mother in heaven. Hindus can choose the way they like to think of God. Here are two of the ways Hindus like to think of God.

One way Hindus

think of God

as a person is:

Krishna

 

 

Krishna

Another way Hindus

think of God

as a person is as:

Mother Goddess

Durga

 

Durga

Even though there is only one God, Hindus say there are hundreds of ways of thinking about God. All the different images and pictures in Hindu homes and temples are different ways Hindus like to think about the same God.

 

 

 

We can think of God without shape

Fire keeps changing shape

Some Hindus do not like to think of God with shape like a person. They like to think of God without shape. But how can we think of God without shape? It is not that hard. We all believe in truth, love, and power. None of these have any shape, but we still know that they are there.  This is how some Hindus like to think of God. Sometimes they use fire as a symbol of God without shape because fire does not have any one shape.

 

 

How can the same God be with and without shape?

Yes, it is possible, say the Hindus. Think of ice and water. Ice has a shape, but water has none. But ice and water are really the same thing. In the same way, Hindus say that God can have a shape, and can also be without shape. We can think of God in many different ways, but it is still the same God  with or without shape.

 

The same thing

can be with and without

 a shape like

Ice and Water

 

 

 

 

 

Another way Hindus think of God is as our innermost Self.

Hindus say that if we meditate hard, and search inside ourselves to try and find out who we truly are; we find God. It is the same God who lives in all of us. Hindus call our innermost-Self, Atman :  God as all of us.

 

This is why when Hindus meet

they greet each other by

putting their hands together,

bowing down and saying

Namaste.

 This word means:

‘There is God in you’

 

Namaste

 

 

Why respect everyone and everything?

If we hurt anyone, we hurt ourselves, because it is the same God that lives in all of us. We should respect and love everyone and everything, because it is the same God who lives in everything and everyone.

 

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