It is very surprising to hear people talk about ‘my God,’ ‘your God,’ ‘Hindu God,’ or ‘Christian God.’  Because there are all these alleged Gods, there has to be a greater God and a lesser God. And where there is a greater God, He must defeat the lesser God.  This is where problems begin, giving rise to legendary ridiculous statements such as, ‘My God is more powerful than yours.’

Rather than talking about different Gods, let’s talk about the different ways in which the same God can be perceived.  Just as there are many aspects to an individual, so God has not only one aspect but many. The eternal Vedas explain that God can be thought of in different ways.  You may think of God without name and form, or with name and form. The formless aspect of God is known as Brahm; the aspect of God with name and form is known as Bhagavan.  God can also be thought of as being majestic; as Mahavishnu. God is also all-attractive; He is Krishna. God can be called God, or Ishvar (Supreme Ruler), or Paramatma (Supreme Soul), or Radha (worshipped by all).

You may think of God as being male, female, both male and female, or neither male nor female.  Limiting God to one’s own definition satisfies the ego, no doubt, but it does not do anything for one’s advancement on the path of devotion.  

The first requirement in devotion is humility.  When we think about our own preferred aspect of God as the only valid one, we fill our mind with pride, which is unacceptable to the Supreme, whether we address Him as God, Allah or Krishna.


Didi Ji