When we see Indian civilization, we find it unique in many ways. One of the uniqueness that attracts me is the existence of so many forms of Gods and Goddesses. It is hard to believe that Indian civilization has conceptualized as many as 330 million Gods and Goddesses. Anyone can ask a simple question that why we Indians needed so many forms of Gods to worship. Is it mere a system of decentralization of power that every form of God governs as per various depictions or it is much more than this.
A probable answer to this question lie in the internal state of an individual and process of bonding with Divine.
Traditionally, Indians believe that every soul has a journey which goes on beyond one life time. The concept of reincarnation indicates that every soul keeps on taking births and births till it’s ultimate purpose of life is achieved.
During this journey, a soul keeps on accumulating various good as well as difficult experiences. These experiences get imprinted somewhere in it’s very nature and as a result Karmic ‘Samskaras’ are formed. These Samskaras form our true nature as a human being. As every individual soul has had unique experiences over different lives, every individual is unique in terms of it’s likes, dislikes, aspirations and the way of thinking.
With the unique nature, it might be difficult for every individual to have same strong bond with the same form of Divinity. Thus in order to create that strong connection, the Sages of Indian civilization suggested the ultimate freedom to choose his/ her form of Divine with whom you can relate and connect comfortably. This way of thinking motivated all individuals including great sages to conceptualize their own form of God and establish the connection which help them to achieve their ultimate purpose of life.
Indians on the other hand always given great importance to the bond with the Divinity. Worship with true emotions and connection has always been the part of Indian tradition. Therefore, It becomes extremely important how strongly you are associated with a specific form of Divinity.
Dr T P Singh
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