Three Million Gods
"Come again, 3 million Gods in your religion?"
"May be more."
"I don't get it."
"You will never get it."
"Your mind is set."
"OK, ok, please explain."
"My explanation would do no good; at the end you go back to your own mind set."
"At least let me hear your reasoning."
"OK, listen good; some Hindus believe that God is within each person; God is not external, either as person, voice, spirit or soul or in any other form; one has to dig deep inside their own soul or as we call athma; by constant internal search by asking ourselves "Whom Am I" that leads to life of less indulgence and slow destruction of personal ego." "This belief and approach to self realization or reaching God within would only work for few; but for the masses, this approach is too abstract and generic; so in the process of finding a practical means of application of this faith it became a necessity to personalize God for daily devotion or Bhakti." "The idea of giving a name to God or personalizing God came into existence thousands of years ago in a section of Hindu faith to solve the problem of sustaining faith and bring the believers into places of worship for devotion." "A male or female name was assigned to represent God; thus through marriages, births and incarnations among Gods, millions of Gods were evolved to satisfy individual need of every believer of Hindu faith to pray his/her own personal God. It is like a street name, whether a street has a name or not it would eventually lead to the destination; similarly, faith in God with any one of three million different names or no name at all leads to self realization or God within." "There are Gods with specific duty to fulfill his or her devotees desires; for example Goddess Lakshmi for wealth, Goddess Saraswathi for knowledge, Goddess Kali for over-all protection, Lord Rama for patience, Lord Ganesh for confidence, Lord Hanuman for courage, so on and so forth," "are you with me?"
"I am sorry, I got distracted with this text message; say again what personal God is?"
"No, please explain why you have 3 million Gods when we have only one God?"
"I don't know."
"Are you mad?"
"No, I am cool," said Juggernaut chanting loudly 'Ram, Ram, Ram."
"Why you were chanting 'Ram, Ram?"
"Just praying my personal
God Rama to give me tolerance."